CANTON — Things are beginning to transition in Van Zandt County regarding relief efforts from the April tornadoes. KETK reports the donation warehouse stopped taking donations Saturday. After next Sunday, May 28, the items left at the donation warehouse will be sent to Manna Food Bank in Canton. Assistance is still available to those who need it. A long term recovery committee will be taking over.
JACKSONVILLE – Two Cherokee County brothers are in custody in drug charges. Taken into custody were Joshua Dale Lindsey, 35 (pictured) and Jeremiah Daniel Lindsey, 32, both of Jacksonville. They were arrested Friday as members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Division and SWAT Team and Jacksonville Police Department served a search warrant. They were arrested at the Pine Creek Apartments on Gay Avenue. Joshua’s bonds total $35,000 and Jeremiah’s bond is $10,000.
TYLER – A boil water notice continues for a portion of Tyler. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Tyler to issue the notice because of low disinfection residuals. The boil water notice is for all customers within the area bounded by Claude Street to the north, West Houston Street to the south, Vine Avenue to the east and South Peach Avenue to the west. Persons within that area need to boil their water prior to consumption or washing hands and face, brushing teeth and, drinking. Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions. … Read More
TYLER – A Smith County man has been arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child and kidnapping. Arrested Saturday by the Arp Police Department was 19 year old Micah Gage Shelburn of Troup. The incident was said to have occured on Saturday. Smith County judicial records show Shelburn was booked into the Smith County Jail on Saturday. His bonds total $100,000. Since the investigation is ongoing, further details about the case have not been released.
LINDALE – Work on the Toll 49 Lindale Relief Route will cause some closures for County Road 431, northwest of Lindale. The contractor for the Toll 49 Segment 4 project has told Smith County officials that construction of the new roadway will result in specific days where CR 431, also known as Mineola Highway, will be closed to traffic. On Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 31, they will be working on a bridge so CR 431 will be closed for the safety of the public. Signs will be placed in the area to alert and detour drivers. On June 5 and 6, CR 431 will close again for more bridge work, as well as later dates in June. The closure dates could vary due to weather and/or other delays.
EAST TEXAS — The Tyler Police Department is warning citizens of an online scam involving the purchase of stolen vehicles. Authorities said the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force has seen an increase of cases involving shoppers buying stolen vehicles through online apps and websites. They said in the past year, the task force has recovered around eight stolen vehicles in Tyler alone. Officials said in all the cases they’ve investigated, the price of the vehicle was much less than the actual blue book value of the vehicle. Officers warn potential buyers, if someone is selling a vehicle for much less than its value, it’s probably too good to be true.… Read More
AUSTIN (AP) — A transgender “bathroom bill” reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. Republican Representative Chris Paddie of Marshall authored the hotly-debated language, saying it had “absolutely no intent” to discriminate. Under it, transgender students would not be permitted to use their chosen bathroom but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms. “it’s absolutely about child safety,” said Paddie. “This is about accommodating all kids.” … Read More
TYLER – As a result of low disinfection (chloramine) residuals in a portion of Tyler’s water system, the city will convert chloramines back to free chlorine as a measure of improving and maintaining water quality standards in the potable water distribution system. Tyler currently uses chloramines (a combination of free chlorine and ammonia) to disinfect its drinking water supply prior to distributing it. This is a reliable disinfection process that has been recommended by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for systems predominately treating surface waters, such as those comprising the majority of Tyler’s water supply.… Read More
PALESTINE – The city of Palestine has issued a boil water notice. Because of a water main replacement, the boil notice was issued for residents in the area of the 600 block of South May Street. It will remain in effect until water system officials notify residents that the water is safe for drinking. According to the city news release, to ensure destruction of harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source. Residents will be notified when the boil water notice is lifted and the water is safe to use.
An emergency contract has been implemented to remove debris, from the recent tornadoes, from Van Zandt County. Crews started working this week to remove mostly trees, and a small amount of other debris, from the rights-of-way on Farm Road 1651, Farm Road 3227, Farm Road 1256 and Farm Road 1861. Work on these roadways is scheduled to occur Monday through Saturday until complete. Work on higher volume roadways including U.S. Highway 80, State Highway 19, State Highway 64 and State Highway 198, will be performed on Sundays. The operation will be shut down Friday, May 26 – Tuesday, May 30, due to the Memorial Day holiday and First Monday Trade Days. The contract was awarded to Tom-Mac, Inc., of Houston.… Read More
GREENVILLE – A Van Zandt County man is in custody in Hunt County on a murder charge. He is Martin Ray Malone, 61, of Wills Point. He is charged in the shooting death of Jayme Malone Lopez, 54 of Wills Point. She was found wounded in her crashed vehicle shortly before 6:30 Friday morning on County Road 2475. She died in route to the hospital. Malone is being held in the Hunt County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $500,000. The investigation of the case is being handled by both the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department and the Hunt County Sheriff’s Department.
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has advanced a contentious property tax bill, one of two proposals that the head of the Texas Senate threatened could spark a special legislative session if they fail to pass. The proposal seeks to limit local governments’ ability to raise property taxes, which local officials oppose. A bill containing deeper property tax limits passed the Senate but stalled in the House. A scaled-back House version was attached to another bill Saturday, however, and passed 135-0, despite tea party legislators agitating for more.
HOUSTON (AP) — A black Texas congressman said Saturday that he’s been threatened with lynching by callers infuriated over him seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Al Green held a town hall meeting and played recordings of several threatening voicemails left at his offices in Houston and Washington, the Houston Chronicle reports. The seven-term Democrat told the crowd of about 100 people that he won’t be deterred
TEXARKANA – The 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana has upheld last year’s conviction of a Hallsville man and his and his 380 year sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Two young men said Gregg Lee Haden, 41, had assaulted them over a three year period. The former Diana construction company owner was arrested in June of 2011 after arriving at a Longview location where he had agreed, in a text, to meet what he thought as a 14 year old for sex. But, instead of a boy, he had been communicating with an undercover officer.
LUFKIN – Two persons have been arrested in Angelina County on charges of injury to a child, a 3rd degree felony. Charged is Steven Clayton Hunt, 33, and Britni Leann Rhodes, 32. The two were booked into the Angelina County Jail. The arrests follow a joint investigation by sheriff’s department investigators and Child Protective Services.
MARSHALL — A stolen car is found in an unusual place. A local fisherman, a Texas game wardens dive team, and Harrison County deputies were involved in the discovery of a stolen vehicle, upside down, in Caddo Lake. Lieutenant Jay Webb says the vehicle has been pulled from the water. The car was reported stolen nearly a year ago from a location less than a mile from where the car was discovered. The car had been submerged in the lake at least 10 months.
TATUM – A one vehicle accident between Marshall and Tatum has killed a Tatum High School sophomore. Killed in the accident on State Highway 43 around 8:00 Thursday evening was Sarah Paige Stanfield, 16. The Department of Public Safety said her Hummer was heading south when it veered off the roadway onto the west unimproved shoulder an hit the edge of a driveway embankment with its undercarriage. The vehicle was then vaulted over the driveway, landed and then rolled several times to the left and then end over end coming to rest upside down, facing north, on the west unimproved shoulder. Stanfield was pronounced dead at the scene.… Read More
TYLER – A benefit concert will be held in Tyler to support relief for towns in Van Zandt County affected by the April 29th tornadoes. The concert will be on Saturday from 2:00 till 10:00pm, on the downtown Tyler square. Bands performing include Kris Jones from “The Voice,” Lauren Alexander Band, Tuxedo Catz and much more. There will be local food vendors. Wine and beer sales will also be available. … Read More
TYLER – A man in a motorized wheelchair has been injured in a Tyler accident. Hospitalized with serious injuries is Robert Wyatt, 53, of Tyler. He was crossing on the Old Henderson Highway when he was hit by a pickup turning off of the loop. The driver, Jose Trevizo, 26, of Tyler said he did not see Waytt in the crosswalk when he made his turn. The accident, which happened shortly after 8:30 Friday morning, remains under investigation.
LONGVIEW – A homeless man has been arrested in Longview for robbery. Adrian Demon Simpson, 20, was arrested last night after a woman was robbed in the area of Green and East Whaley Streets. She said the suspect grabbed her and took her phone. In the process, she received minor injuries. Simpson was found and arrested a short time later. He has been charged with robbery and possession of Marijuana. He remains in the Gregg County Jail with bonds totaling $26,000.
AUSTIN – Unemployment in Texas is holding steady. But some East Texas cities have see jobless numbers fall. The Texas unemployment rate held steady during April at 5%. The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday last month’s jobless figure copied the March unemployment rate. Nationwide unemployment for April was 4.4%. But it was a different story in Tyler and Longview. Tyler’s unemployment fell from 5% in March to 4.1% in April. It was 4.1% in April last year. Longview’s unemployment went from 6.2% in March to 5.7% in April. It was 5.6% in April, 2016.
TYLER – In Tyler federal court, a Dallas woman has pled guilty to bank fraud charges. Rachelle Dashner, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She could get up to five years in prison during a future sentencing hearing. Five others have already been sentenced in the case. Federal prosecutors say they were part of a scheme to set up surgical centers in the state through a loan with Community Trust Bank. But the doctors the documents said would guarantee the loan didn’t know about it and had not authorized it. In many instances, the medical facilities for which the financing was obtained were never built. The five fraudulent loans totaled over $7.5 million.
LONGVIEW — Three East Texas members of the white supremacist prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas have pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of a fellow member from Longview. According to the Longview News-Journal, Brian Thomas Green, 44, of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty May 10 to the use or carry of a firearm during a crime of violence causing death. The charge was in connection with the 2011 murder of Kenneth Earl Ayres, 48, whose last known address was in Longview. Travis Lee Hill, 28, of Ore City and Kalvin Kyle McCown (pictured), 43, of Longview pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to kidnapping charges related to the case.… Read More
TATUM – A one vehicle accident between Marshall and Tatum has killed a Tatum High School sophomore. Killed in the accident on State Highway 43 around 6:00 Thursday evening was Sarah Paige Stanfield, 16. Details about the accident are unavailable. In a letter from School Superintendent J.P. Richardson on the district’s Facebook page said Stanfield was involved in cheerleading, National Honor Society, yearbook, homecoming court, debate and much more. There is no school in Tatum on Friday, but Superintendent Richardson said they will have counselors set up at the high school when the students return on Monday.
ARP – Two persons have been killed in a Smith County accident. The two vehicle wreck was reported around 6:15 Thursday evening on U.S. Highway 64 East, just west of Farm Road 2089. Dead at the scene was John Ruben Jones, 35, of Arp and Eric Rene Narvaez (pictured), 26, of Henderson. The Department of Public Safety says the car driven by Narvaez was heading west when, for some unknown reason, it crossed over to the east bound lane and hit the Jones vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.
TYLER – The Smith County grand jury has indicted two Tyler men on separate child sex charges. They are Larry Foley, 40,and Jessie Lee Shurum, 41. Foley was indicted on one count of indecency with a child. In March, a woman told officers that Foley had exposed himself to her and two children as he stood between two houses on Claude Street.… Read More
TYLER – Tyler Mayor Martin Hines has pledged continued improvements for the city’s infrastructure. The pledge came this week during the mayor’s annual State of the City Luncheon. Currently underway is over $4 million dollars in improvements to the Golden Road Water Treatment Plant. And, over the next ten years, the city anticipates spending over $97 million on 100 projects to improve water and wastewater systems. And they feel over two-thirds of those improvements will be paid for in cash. Also planned are improvements for city streets and drainage. … Read More
TYLER – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital has been granted recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet facility. This also includes the the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. The designation comes after a years-long application process. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. According to a news release from the hospital, most hospitals and medical organizations do not meet the criteria necessary to apply for Magnet recognition. It is one of the most difficult statuses to achieve. CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler is the only health care provider in the region to hold this designation. … Read More
GILMER – An Upshur County man has learned, the hard way, you need to show up for your trial. Jarrod Craig McBride, 36, of Ore City, was due in court Wednesday for his trial for possession of methamphetamine, with intent to deliver. He was going to trial after he backed out of a previous plea offer of 13 years in prison. Deputies had to force their way into his house to arrest him and bring him to court in handcuffs. Back at the courthouse, McBride entered into a plea bargain agreement, pled guilty, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He waived his right to appeal. He was also sentenced to 180 days for contempt of court, which was stacked on top of his prison sentence.
ATHENS – Five Athens residents have been arrested in a drug raid by Henderson County sheriff’s deputies. They were arrested Thursday morning at a house on Roosevelt Street in Athens. They are identified as Kristi Costlow, 39, Johnny Sieger, 45, Brandon Rios, 21, John Minter, 58, and Carlton Lewis, 30. Costlow was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. Not only was she in possession of suspected methamphetamine, but also had items commonly used to traffic the narcotic. The arrests follows an investigation by Henderson County narcotics investigators.