TYLER – Early voting in the city and school elections in Smith County starts today. It will run through May 1st with Saturday, May 5th is the election day. There are two contested races in Tyler. Mayor Martin Heines is being challenged by Joel Rando. The open District 2 city council seat is being sought by Beverly Beavers-Brooks and Broderick McGee. Council Districts 4 and 6 also are up for election, but the races are uncontested. There are also elections for the city of Winona and East Texas Municipal Utility District and school district elections in Bullard and Troup.… Read the rest of the article…
TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the week of April 23rd. .Schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. Slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones.
Tyler Maintenance plans to finish up overlay operations on Farm Road 1252 east of Farm Road 757 by Tuesday and then move to Farm Road 16 east of the State Highway 155 intersection for one mile. A second crew will be performing ditch maintenance on roadways throughout the county. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control at all work locations.… Read the rest of the article…
LONGVIEW – A fatal accident in Longview remains under investigation. It happened Shortly before 9:00 Saturday night on West Loop 281. Killed was Wilbert Hawkins 58, of Longview. His vehicle that had become disabled in the inside lane west bound on the loop. Other cars had stopped to avoid hitting his vehicle. A pickup driven by Julio Martinez 38, of Longview, moved into the turning lane to avoid hitting the stopped cars and hit Hawkins. He later died at a Longview hospital.
TYLER – A report of a robbery brought Tyler police to Texas Bank and Trust at South Broadway and Robert E Lee Drive. It was reported around 10:15 Saturday morning. A man entered the bank and handed the teller a note telling her of the robbery. The man got nervous when the clerk started to walk away, he then took the note and ran away without getting any money. He is described as a black male in his late 20’s medium build, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt and black pants. He got into a gold, early 2000 Chrysler Pacifica, which was parked near, and drove away.
JACKSONVILLE – Two persons have been killed in a two vehicle accident in Cherokee County. The wreck happened just before 4:45 Friday afternoon on Farm Road 177, 7 miles north of Jacksonville. Dead at the scene was Susan Lynnette Baker, 40, of Troup, and a 15 year old girl who was a passenger in her car. The Department of Public Safety says Baker was traveling at an unsafe speed when her car entered a curve and she over corrected. It caused her car skid sideways into the other lane of traffic where it was hit by a pickup. Both vehicles end up in a ditch. The driver of the pickup was not injured. The wreck remains under investigation.
AUSTIN – Texas’s two high courts have appointed 31 members to lead the newly established Judicial Commission on Mental Health. One of them is Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom of Sulphur Springs. He will serve through August 2020. The commission, the first body jointly created by the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, will examine best practices in the administration of civil and criminal justice for persons with mental illness. The first meeting of the newly-appointed commission is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 in Austin.
LONGVIEW – Benjamin B. Johnson, 36, of Longview, has been found guilty of two counts of harassment of a public servant. The ruling came Friday in a trial before State District Judge Alfonso Charles. Johnson resisted arrest in October of 2016 when first approached by officers and later at a Longview hospital. He even spit on two officers. A urinalysis showed Johnson to be on PCP, methamphetamine and marijuana. He will be sentenced at a later date.
MARSHALL – Marshall police are looking for two men in a home invasion. It occurred shortly before 9:45 Thursday night on Dean Drive. Two men, one who was armed, forced their way into the home of an elderly woman and demanded firearms. One held her at gunpoint while the other ransacked her house. They stole a crossbow, and then fled on foot. The woman was not injured. They were described as young black males, both with red bandanas over their face. One suspect was said to have been wearing a red hoodie and the other was wearing a dark colored hoodie.
TYLER – A woman wanted for a Dallas County death has been arrested in Tyler. Diem Trinh Nguyen, 29, of Grand Prairie was arrested around 2:30 Thursday morning in a church parking lot on Highway 155. An officer checking on the suspicious vehicle discovered she had been named in a warrant in Dallas County for criminally negligent homicide. She had been wanted in connection with an accident in which she hit and killed a man standing on a sidewalk in April of last year. She is being held in the Smith County jail under a $100,000 bond.
LONGVIEW – Longview Animal Control is reminding residents, be cautious if you find a bat. Bat exposure is a major concern because of the possibility of contracting rabies. So far this year, they have responded to 17 calls about bats. Six were sent in for rabies testing. The other bats had been released by the people who found them. They believe the number of bat exposures may top 17, because others may have released the bats without knowing how harmful the exposure could be. The best advice, if you see a bat, don’t touch it or release it. Instead, call Animal Control or 911. You can go to https://www.longviewtexas.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1404 to get more tips about bats and bat exposure.
WASHINGTON – Tyler congressman Louie Gohmert has been named a recipient of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award. The bi-annual award, presented by the International Foodservice Distributors Association, recognizes legislators whose voting record shows strong support of the U.S. foodservice distribution industry. The award was introduced in 1992.
TYLER – A Tyler man is heading to prison for aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault. Last month, a Tyler jury found Freddi Betancourt, 26, guilty. Friday, State District Judge Kerry Russell sentenced him to 30 years in prison. Last June, he met a woman he had a previous relationship with at Noble Young Park. He forced her into his car where he sexually assaulted her before driving off with the victim still in the vehicle. Witnesses helped police find the car on the Frankston Highway, with the woman trying to get out of the vehicle.
TYLER – Tyler police are looking for help in identifying a man involved in a hit an run accident. He was a passenger in the car that caused the crash. It happened on April 13th at West Gentry Parkway and Parkdale. He is said to have got out of the vehicle and pushed to the ground the lady who was driving. He then took her cell phone while she was trying to dial 911. If you can identify him, you are asked to call Tyler police.
TYLER (AP) – The 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler has struck down a law barring intimate photos and videos from previous or current relationships from being shared online without consent. The ruling says the law violates the First Amendment by restricting expression based on the content of photographs and videos shared online. The court also ordered a revenge porn charge to be dropped against Jordan Bartlett Jones. Court records show Jones challenged the law as unconstitutional while awaiting trial for displaying a naked photograph of a woman in a way that revealed her identity. Texas legislators passed the law in 2015. The ruling only blocks the law in Northeast Texas counties under the 12th Court of Appeals.
EAST TEXAS – Tyler’s Unemployment rate has dropped, while there has been a slight uptick in Longview’s jobless numbers. The report from the Texas Workforce Commission show Tyler’s unemployment rate for march was 3.7%. That is down from 4.1% in February and far better that the 4.3% rate in March of last year. Longview’s March unemployment rate was 4.5%, slightly up from 4.4% in February, but vastly improved from the 5.7% figure last March. The state’s unemployment rate last month was 4%, slightly better than the March jobless figure for the U.S.
ANGELINA COUNTY – A suspect wanted in a shooting at a night club near Lufkin has been arrested. It happened last Sunday at Annie Mae’s Night Club and left two people injured. According to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin Edward Jefferson, 45, of Corrigan, was arrested Thursday on three felony warrants. He was booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. The Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the investigation.
ELKHART – One person has been killed and 3 injured in a one vehicle accident in Anderson County. It happened around 4:45 Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 287, six miles south of Elkhart. Dead at the scene was Autumn A’mari Taylor, 2, of Tyler. In critical condition in a Dallas hospital is a three week old. The DPS says both were unbealted. A teenager is in critical condition in a Tyler hospital. The driver, Tiffany Marie Taylor, 36, of Tyler, is in stable condition in a Tyler. It appears she fell asleep at the wheel. She then overcorrected, went across the highway, overturned and hit a house.
TYLER – UT Health East Texas EMS, formerly ETMC EMS, has rolled out its new ambulance design. The ambulance service began in 1968. Besides Tyler and Smith County, coverage also includes Henderson County, Wood County, most of Cherokee County and the city of Henderson. It employs 116 paramedics and 124 emergency medical technicians. Moody Chisholm, president and CEO of UT Health East Texas said at Thursday’s unveiling, “over the next several months, all 50 ambulances and EMS support vehicles will be branded with the new look.” UT Health East Texas Air 1 also is being rebranded. The new helicopter look will be revealed in June.
LONGVIEW – Longview police say it was a Dallas man who was killed in a Wednesday morning accident. He is John Warren Young, 56. The accident occurred on East Marshall Avenue in front of Jennings Scrap & Salvage. Police investigators say Young got out of his 18-wheeler and the truck and trailer started rolling down the hill. Before he could get back into the vehicle, it ran over him.
TYLER – A Mineola man has been arrested for shooting at a Smith County sheriff’s deputy. The incident happened April 8th when a deputy answered a suspicious persons call on County Road 462, in far northwest Smith County. When the deputy sounded his siren, two shots came from a camper trailer. One hit the rear window of the patrol car. When 35 year old Joshua Forrester came out of the trailer, he was taken to a hospital for evaluation. After further investigation, he was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant. He was booked into the Smith County Jail early Thursday morning under a bond of $1 million.
WASHINGTON – Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn want to honor the Founders of Mercy Ships. The senators have introduced legislation to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Don and Deyon Stephens. They are the founders of the non-profit Mercy Ships of Garden Valley, west of Lindale. The medal is in recognition of their nearly 40 years of service. Mercy Ships transforms retired ocean liners and ferries into hospital ships that provide humanitarian aid across the world. Tyler congressman Louie Gohmert has introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
HENDERSON COUNTY — Six East Texans have been arrested following a drug sweep in Henderson County. According to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, several probable cause narcotics search warrants were issued Wednesday. Arrested on various charges were Jacoby Juarez (pictured), 27, Chandler, Rachel Hurst, 36, Tool, Ashley Kohlenberg, 38, Seven Points, Niki Allumbaugh, 32, Seven Points, Alexandria Hammack, 18, Seven Points, and Jason Byrne, 36, Kaufman. Juarez was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail for manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance. Kohlenberg and Byrne were arrested on scene for charges of manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.… Read the rest of the article…
HENDERSON COUNTY — Two women have been arrested in connection with an arson investigation. According to the Henderson County Fire Marshal, around 11:15 a.m on March 30, two structure fires were reported on County Road 2502, in the Payne Springs area. Six fire departments responded to find both structures up in flames. According to KTBB’s news partner KETK, the Fire Marshal was called to the scene due to the suspicious nature of the fires. The fires at two separate mobile homes were determined to be arson. On April 11, one of the suspects believed to be responsible for the fire was identified as Brenda Sue Ivey, 50 (pictured).… Read the rest of the article…
ANDERSON COUNTY — A 17-year-old Elkhart girl has been killed in a crash early Wednesday morning. According to the DPS report, Anastasia Doka Giron was headed south on County Road 130 around 12:30 when she missed a curve in the roadway. Her vehicle left the road and went airborne across Manson Creek. The vehicle then struck a dirt embankment. Giron was pronounced dead at the scene. The report stated that she was traveling at an unsafe speed when the wreck occurred.
LONGVIEW – A Longview law firm has been retained by the widow and by a victim with permanent injuries in connection with a murder case against a former East Texas nurse. Our news partner KETK reports The Sloan, Hatcher, Perry, Runge, Robertson & Smith Law Firm has been hired by both the widow of Christopher Greenaway and the man identified by the Tyler Police Department as John Doe 4. They were said to have been killed or injured by former CHRISTUS Mother Frances and Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital nurse, William George Davis. He has been charged in the death of Christopher Greenaway. Tyler Police Jimmy Chief Toler has said Davis is being investigated in six other cases in which patients were injured. He likely will be charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault.
ELKHART – One person has died in a one vehicle accident in Anderson County. Dead at the scene was Bethany Anastasia Dakota Giron, 17, of Elkhart. The Department of Public Safety reports she was traveling at an unsafe speed, around 12:30 Wednesday morning, when her pickup left the road on a curve. The pickup became airborne across Manson Creek and struck a dirt embankment with its front end.
TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler Texas Alpha Xi Chapter of Alpha Chi announces its successes at the national college honor society’s 2018 convention. Accounting major Kelsi Oldham of Flint received a $2,000 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship – one of only 10 awarded – for her presentation, “Blockchains: How This Innovative Technology is Transforming the Ways of Business.” Graduate nursing education major Lori Acosta of El Paso received the Kathyrn Hoyle Bradley Prize in Health Sciences for her presentation, “Reductions in Surgical Site Infections (SSIs).”… Read the rest of the article…
JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville police are investigating two shootings. The first occurred shortly before 7:00 Monday evening on Palestine Street. One person received a minor injury and two vehicles were damaged. About seven and a half hours later another shooting was reported on the same street. Hit this time was a house and an unoccupied vehicle. Investigators feel the two cases are related. They have released no further information.
LONGVIEW – A man has been killed in Longview when his vehicle rolled over him. The accident happened Wednesday morning on East Marshall Avenue in front of Jennings Scrap & Salvage. Police investigators say the man got out of his 18-wheeler and the vehicle started rolling down the hill. Before he could get back into the vehicle, it ran over him. His name has not been released.
WILLS POINT — An East Texas man is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase. According to KTBB’s news partner KETK, around 5:20 Tuesday evening, the Wills Point Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck believed to be stolen. The driver, Robert Bryan Quire, 39, initially pulled over, then drove off leading police on a miles long high speed chase. He eventually turned into the parking lot of Diamond L Vet Clinic, where he jumped out of the truck and began running. He was arrested a short time later.… Read the rest of the article…