TYLER – Tyler police said the two teens reported as runaways have been returned home around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Officials had been looking for the two teens who were described as “frequent runaways.” The siblings are identified as Hayden Gray,a 14-year-old male, and Taylor Sanchez, a 16-year-old female. They were last seen on Sunday. Sanchez has diabetes and is thought to be out of her supply of insulin.
CLEVELAND (AP/STAFF) — The Browns say Johnny Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion late in the season by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report they lied about the injury to cover up the troubled quarterback showing up intoxicated for practice. The team issued a statement Tuesday saying Manziel, who is from Tyler, reported to the team’s facility on December 30, three days after a loss to Kansas City, complaining of concussion symptoms. The Browns say Manziel was tested by the neurologist and was entered into the league’s concussion protocol. The team says he wasn’t cleared from the protocol until January 12.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A Gregg County murder suspect has been released from jail on a reduced bond because of a mistake by the district attorney’s office. Gary Murphy, 52, of Kilgore, was arrested last September. He was being held in the Gregg County Jail under a $250,000 bond. Jail records show he was released on a $10,000 bond on February 2nd. According to the Longview News Journal, he was released on the lower bond because the grand jury indictment was handed down one day after the 90-day allotment for indictments.… Read More
MARSHALL — Rodney K. Beshears, 60, of Kennard, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Marshall to violating asbestos work practice standards of the Clean Air Act. Under federal statutes, he faces up to five years in federal prison. That is the maximum sentence prescribed by congress. The date for a sentencing hearing has not been set.… Read More
TYLER – Cosmetology students in the Tyler school district now have their own salon and spa. The CTC Salon and Spa offers a full range of services and features and includes a complete salon set-up, including styling stations, manicure and pedicure stations, and an esthetics room. Teacher Leign Ann Crump says when the students graduate, they will be ready to begin working in a salon immediately or continue on to other programs if they choose to specialize in a specific area.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A fugitive who fled Longview police last month, has been arrested. Charles Hordarius McNeary, 18, of Longview, had been named in an outstanding warrant. It stemmed from an armed suspect call on January 22nd. Officers found McNeary in a vehicle during the traffic stop. He ran away and officers were unable to find him that night. Through jail photos, officers were able to identify him and a warrant was issued. McNeary was located Monday night and arrested on the warrant for evading arrest with a prior conviction.
LONGVIEW – A threatening phone call has caused a Longview business to close. The call was received Tuesday morning at Workforce Solutions East Texas at 2430 South High Street. The caller threatened to harm someone. It’s not known if the threat was directed to a person visiting the business or to an employee. As a precaution, the business closed and extra precautions are also being taken at the Quitman location of the business.
AUSTIN – Late last month Governor Gregg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 25 Texas counties. This was because of the severe weather damage sustained at the end of December. Tuesday morning, the president granted the request for public assistance. Included on the list are Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Titus and Van Zandt Counties. The governor’s request for individual assistance for Van Zandt County is still pending.
GLADEWATER — The city of Gladewater has asked that residents not burn outdoors until further notice. In a news release online, Fire Chief Wayne Smith warned that dry and windy conditions in the next few days could contribute to fire danger. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, the fire department will not issue burn permits until conditions are deemed safe. Rusk County officials released a statement about crews working several fires in the Overton and New London areas Monday.
LUFKIN — One man has been killed in a two vehicle wreck in Lufkin at the intersection of Raguet Street and Old Mill Road. Police said, around 6:30 Monday night, Jesus Acosta, 69, turned onto Raguet Street and was struck by another vehicle. According to KETK, Acosta was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other vehicle was driven by Alton Dixon, 29. Dixon is a P.E. teacher/coach at Lufkin ISD, according to the school’s website. He also played football at Texas A&M. Dixon was flown to a Tyler hospital with unknown injuries. The wreck is under investigation.
DALLAS (AP/STAFF) — Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend says he hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation that’s being investigated by police that she lost hearing in one ear. An affidavit filed by Colleen Crowley was obtained by KXAS-TV. Crowley won a protective order last week against Manziel, of Tyler, the Cleveland Browns quarterback who is being investigated on allegations of domestic violence.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A traffic stop in Longview has led to the arrest of a gang member. The SUV was stopped Sunday in the area of Mobberly and Myrle Avenues. After the driver gave permission to search the vehicle, officers found a handgun covered by a tan rag. The gun was in the back seat where Bron’quivius Gray, 20, of Longview was sitting. Officers say he is a documented TYB gang member. Charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, he was booked into the Gregg County Jail. Bond was set at $250,000.
Longview Police are trying to track down some smash and grab suspects. Several suspects are thought to be involved in the incidents that have occurred at stores selling tobacco products. The suspects are wearing masks, gloves, and clothing concealing anything to identify them. These suspects are in and out of the stores very quickly, in less than one minute on most incidents. A video of their vehicle shows a dark colored four door or extended cab truck with black rims. You can see some pictures and more information at the Longview Police Departments Facebook page. Anyone with any information about these crimes please call Detective Gabe Downs 903-237-1168 or Gregg County Crime stoppers at greggcountycrimestoppers.org.
NOONDAY — High winds are believed to have been the cause of a fire that destroyed a Smith County home Monday. According to KETK, the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office says crews were called out to the fire on Highway 155 South in the Noonday area around 11:00 a.m. No injuries were reported, but officials believe the fire could have occurred when the homeowner’s son was burning materials in the front yard and high winds caused the flames to spread. The homeowner in fact says that is exactly what happened. A wind advisory and wildfire risk were posted in Monday’s weather forecast, and those advisories continue today.
TYLER — Tyler police are investigating a fatal accident in which vehicle struck a church. Around 11:54 Sunday night, officers were sent to a West Glenwood location and found that a pickup had left the roadway and struck the northeast corner of Dale Chapel Baptist Church. The badly damaged pickup was occupied by 67-year-old Banelle Bagwell. Ms. Bagwell was unconscious and was pinned in the vehicle. Tyler Fire Department personnel arrived and began rescue efforts using the jaws of life and other equipment. Ms. Bagwell was quickly freed from the vehicle and transported to East Texas Medical Center by EMS. A short time later, she was pronounced dead. The cause of the accident is unknown. No one was inside the church at the time of the accident.
TYLER — The Tyler Museum of Art ushers in its 45th anniversary with “Chihuly: Works from Texas Collections,” showcasing the work of glass master Dale Chihuly. Museum Executive Director Chris Leahy welcomed a large crowd at an opening reception — and expects more strong attendance, pointing out that Chihuly is “probably the best known of glass sculptors.” Leahy also lauded the work put into the exhibit by its curator, Caleb Bell; Derek Frazier, who arranged it and did the lighting; and interns from UT Tyler. The exhibit continues through May 15. The show opened Sunday and continues through May 15.
TYLER — One woman has been killed in a wreck in Tyler last night. Vannelle Bagwell, 67, Tyler, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Tyler Police responded to the wreck on Glenwood around 11:55 Sunday night. Officers said Bagwell’s truck crashed into Dale Chapel Baptist Church, pinning her in the vehicle. The jaws of life were used to remove Bagwell from the truck. The cause of the crash is under investigation. No other injuries were reported.
CHAPEL HILL – One person is killed and one injured in a Smith County accident. The wreck occurred on Farm Road 850 four miles east of Chapel Hill. Dead at the scene was Samantha Briann Stanley, 31, of Kilgore. Injured was the car’s driver, Rio Joretta Alexander, 20, of Whitehouse. She is in stable condition at Tyler’s Mother Francis Hospital. The Department of Public Safety reports the accident occurred when Alexander’s car left the road and hit a tree shortly before 4:00 Sunday morning.
SMITH COUNTY – Tyler Maintenance crews plan to conduct work at several locations around the county including replacing a culvert on Farm Road 2015 near Farm Road 14 on Monday with flaggers directing traffic; base repairs on State Highway 155South for the remainder of the week with the roadway reduced to one lane. Another crew will be performing ditch maintenance around the area as well as culvert work at the SH 31/Spur 164 intersection. Expect the outside lane of SH 31 to be closed during this work around the middle of the week.… Read More
TYLER – Three men are being sought in a Tyler robbery. The victim tells officers, around 2:00 Saturday afternoon he was walking along West Bow Street when three men passed him. They then attacked him from behind. One of the men was armed with silver-colored brass knuckles. They stole some property and fled. The first suspect had a thin beard, a fade haircut, and was wearing a purple shirt, blue jeans, and a gold hoop earring in his left ear. The second suspect was wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. The third was wearing black pants, a black shirt with white writing, a black jacket, and white sneakers. The victim is in stable condition at Mother Francis Hospital.
LONGVIEW – No word on what caused a Longview train derailment. It happened shortly after 3:15 Saturday afternoon along Gum Springs Road near Young Street. The engine and two cars of a BNSF east bound train jumped the tracks. There were no leaks and none of the cars overturned. No injuries were reported.
NACOGDOCHES – One person has been killed and two injured in a two vehicle accident near Nacogdoches. The head-on collision happened around 8:00 Friday night on State Highway 21. Dead at the scene was Charlotte Creel, 52, of Nacogdoches. She died when her car was hit by a pickup driven by Joshua Pierson, 22, of Pollock. The Department of Public Safety says Creel was passing another vehicle in a no passing zone when the accident occurred. Pierson, and a passenger in his vehicle, Derek Stewart, 23, of Woden, Pierson is listed in critical condition and Stewart is in serious condition. Neither was wearing their seatbelts.
TYLER – A fire just north of Tyler has destroyed a home, damaged four others and a truck. The Saturday afternoon fire was reported in the 3300 block of Mary Ann Street. Neighbors told KETK two people, including a small were in the house when the fire started. No one in the homes were injured. One firefighter became overheated and was treated at the scene. The cause remains under investigation.
DALLAS (AP/STAFF) —Dallas police are opening a criminal investigation into a reported assault by Johnny Manziel on his ex-girlfriend. A day after saying their investigation was closed, police said in a statement Friday night that they received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred Saturday. His father says if Manziel, a Tyler native, doesn’t get help soon he may not live to see his 24th birthday.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A Longview drug raid has resulted in three arrests. The raid occurred Friday morning at a house in the 100 block of Cummings Street. Arrested on drug charges as well as outstanding warrants were Brandon Reese, 25, (pictured) Clifford Nelson, 44, and Damian Nelson, all from Longview. Police say in the house where the men were arrested they recovered some narcotics.
LONGVIEW – A Longview woman was robbed as she left work around shortly before 7:45 Friday night. She was leaving a business in the 1000 block of W. Loop 281 when a man came out from behind a dumpster and came up behind her. He is said to pushed her down and took the store’s money bag. He then fled in an unknown direction. She was unable to tell the gender of her attacker, who was said to have been wearing gloves, a ski mask and a yellow poncho.
TYLER –- Leadership Tyler has announced Brian Brandt as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award honoree. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a Leadership Tyler alum nominated by his or her peers and chosen by past award recipients. Mr. Brandt will be honored at the annual Leadership Tyler Reunion, which will be held on February 26th at the Hollytree Country Club. Brandt is a member of Leadership Tyler Class 19. He is the CEO of Core Insights, a company which influences individuals and organizations through training, strategic planning, coaching, keynotes, and leased employees.
GILMER – An Upshur County man has drawn a long prison term for sexually assaulting two boys. Tylor Lynn Charette, 22, of the Bettie Community, pleaded guilty Friday to counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. State District Judge Lauren Parish sentenced him to life in prison plus an additional 30 years. According to a news release from Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd, Charette was a baby sitter for the boys. He is said to have repeatedly assaulted them and then told the boys, if they would keep quite about it he’d give them prizes. The mother of the two elementary students heard them crying one night and they told her of what had happened. She called authorities.
TYLER – Tyler’s Broadway Square Mall will be named on Tuesday a StormReady Supporter by the National Weather Service. This becomes the first mall in the ArkLaTex region, and one of 30 around the country, to be recognized as a StormReady Supporter. Bill Parker, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather service in Shreveoprt,says, this shows the Tyler mall has put in place practices to ensure the safety of their employees, tenants and customers when severe weather strikes.… Read More