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Fatal Accident Reported in Cherokee County

DPS badgeJACKSONVILLE — A two vehicle accident in Cherokee County has killed an Anderson County woman. The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 Thursday afternoon on Highway 135 about a mile east of Jacksonville. Dead at the scene was Kayla Tucker, 18, of Palestine. The Department of Public Safety reports Tucker lost control of her car on the wet highway. Her car spun into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a SUV driven by Russell Gideon, 48, of Frankston. He was not injured.

Boil Water Notice for Palestine

boilingwater-2PALESTINE – A boil water notice has been issued for the city of Palestine. It was issued because of a break in a 10″ main line in the 1600 block of Court Drive. Residents who use city water west of Loop 256 and U.S. Highway 79, West Oak Street, and areas north and south of U.S. 79 will be directly affected. The boil order will be lifted when water reaches testing standards set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. … Read More

An Entrance at Faulkner Park Remains Closed

Faulkner ParkTYLER — The Faulkner Park entrance at Cumberland Road was suppose to reopen this week. But, because of weather delays, it will remain closed for two more weeks, until June 8th. The entrance was closed because of the ongoing construction for the Cumberland Road extension. Construction includes removal of the median at this entrance, reconfiguration and striping of the intersection, widening of Cumberland Road, asphalt paving and concrete paving. The parking lot entrance will remain open for the Faulkner Park ball fields. Until the Cumberland Road entrance is reopened, traffic will need to detour to exit and enter at the Faulkner Park southern entrance at South Broadway.

Prison Sentence for Asbestos Violations

gavelMARSHALL – A Houston County man is going to prison for asbestos removal violations. Rodney K. Beshears, 60, of Kennard pleaded guilty in February to violating asbestos work practice standards of the Clean Air Act. In federal court in Marshall Thursday, he was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison. Beshears and his employees began excavating and removing a pipeline between Diana and Ore City in October 2011. He admitted to not following asbestos removal practices while removing the pipeline.

Teen Injured in Wood County Home Invasion

Lawrence HerronQUITMAN – Two persons are in custody and two are being sought in a Wood County home invasion that injured a teenager. The 16 year old boy was alone when his home was broken into and he was stabbed fighting with one of the suspects. He was treated and released from the hospital. The suspects took two televisions, a computer and a rifle and fled. Following up leads, authorities arrested Lawrence “Flow” Herron of Mineola. He has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated robbery and organized criminal activity. A Hispanic male juvenile was later arrested in the Mineola area. KETK reports Investigators have identified two additional suspects and warrants have been issued for their arrests.

New Scholarship Going to Three Area Students

Javier Arana Jr TYLER — Three local students are among the first recipients of the Trooper Javier Arana Jr. Memorial Scholarship. They gathered at the the Texas Department of Public Safety Tyler Regional Office to receive the award. The scholarship was created in honor of Arana, who was killed in the line of duty in 2012. The first local recipients are James Jackson of Troup High School, Jenna Stanely of Canton High School and Jaylon Seastrunk of Longview High School. Jackson plans to use the scholarship funds towards a degree in law and will be attending UT-Tyler, Stanely plans to study Psychology at Texas State University and Seastrunk will be attending UT-Arlington studying Pre-Med.… Read More

Power Outage Delays Classes at Kilgore College-Longview

Kilgore College logoLONGVIEW — Students at Kilgore College-Longview got a late start on classes Thursday. A blown transformer near the campus knocked out power to nearly 300 customers, including the college. AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company repaired the problem and the doors to the college were reopened.

Lindale Student Recognized in Austin

Drvyer CowartAUSTIN — The State Board of Education has recognized 15 Texas public school students as Student Heroes for their outstanding volunteer efforts at their schools and communities. One of the students is from Smith County. He is Drvyer Cowart, a second grader in Lindale. He had one wish for his birthday, to help area foster children. He asked his family and friends to raise money for Together We Rise, a non-profit that works with foster children in Smith County. The $2,000 that was raised was used to purchase duffle bags that he and his guests decorated. They were then filled with a blanket, stuffed animal, toiletries and other items.

A Sex Offender Compliance Check in Henderson County

handcuffed suspect ATHENS — Area law enforcement agencies have joined together to conduct a “Knock and Talk” sex offender compliance check in Henderson county. The action has resulted in some arrests. The goal of the operation was to verify the offender is complying with the law. It requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement agency in the city or county where they reside. Nearly 200 compliance checks were conducted earlier this week. Fourteen sex offenders were found to be out of compliance, four were arrested for probation or parole violations. Those who were arrested were booked into the Henderson County Jail.

Police Seek Suspects in Tyler Bank Robbery

BANK ROBBERY TYLER_1464276649952_8725745_ver1.0TYLER — Police are seeking leads in a Thursday morning bank robbery in south Tyler. According to KETK, Public Information Officer Don Martin says two thieves hit Citizens National Bank on W. Grande Boulevard near Old Jacksonville Highway. According to police records, officers were dispatched to the report at 10:07 a.m. Police say they may have found the suspect vehicle, described as a four-door silver Chevrolet with Oklahoma plates. One of the two robbers is described as a black male who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing dark clothes, a hood, and camo face paint. No description is available of the second person. Police said the black male robbed employees at gunpoint as they put cash in an exterior ATM.

Suspected Bank Robber Expected to Plead Guilty

23369f5ff26ae2e0983e923c4a62a790TYLER — A man indicted in a 2015 Longview bank robbery is set to take a plea Friday at a hearing in federal court in Tyler. Patrick Terry Gilbert was indicted in November on charges of bank robbery; using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of an unregistered firearm in the Oct. 23 robbery of Capital One Bank in the 1100 block of Judson Road. Gilbert is accused of robbing the bank with a shotgun while wearing a mask from the movie “Scream.” Attorneys in the case notified the district court Monday that a plea agreement was reached, and a hearing is set Friday morning in Tyler.

Teen Arrested for Allegedly Shooting His Father

noelGLADEWATER — A Gladewater teenager has been taken into custody after reportedly shooting his father. According to KETK, officers responded to a home on Ferry around 3:00 Wednesday morning and found Noel Garner Sr. with a gunshot wound. Officials said he was shot by his son, Noel Garner, Jr.,19. Garner, Sr. was shot in his face but was able to give officers details of what happened. His injuries were not life-threatening. Garner, Jr. fled the scene before officers arrived but was found a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident and has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

One Arrested and One Injured in Drive-By Shooting

William HydeCUSHING — In an argument over a woman, one person is injured and one is in custody in a drive by shooting in Nacogdoches County. It happened around 1:30 Wednesday morning on County Road 971, northwest of Cushing. After diving by the victim’s home several times, and becoming involved in a traffic accident with the home owner, the suspect is said to have driven by an and fired several shots. The homeowner wasn’t there, but a man in the backyard was wounded. He’s being treated at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Sheriff Jason Bridges says the suspect, William Hyde, 26, of Nacogdoches, was arrested at his Cushing area home. A shotgun, thought to have been used in the attack, was found hidden in nearby woods. Hyde was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Theft Suspect Sought

theft suspect-east Texas LONGVIEW – The public is being asked to help identify a man responsible for thefts around East Texas. He is wanted for questioning in connection with thefts at Wal-Mart stores in Longview, Kilgore and Marshall. The thefts were reported between May 8th and 17th. In each case, the suspect entered the store in the morning, filled a shopping cart with electronics, and then leaves through an emergency exit. He has been seen driving a red pickup, a silver or gold Firebird and a gold Saturn. If you know this man, you are asked to contact authorities.

No Bill Issued in Toddler’s Death

Madison CannonWINNSBORO — A grand jury has returned a no bill in last year’s death of a Wood County toddler. Sixteen-month-old Madison Cannon was found unresponsive in a home on McKinney Street in Winsboro in April of last year. She was first treated at a local hospital, and then flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where she later died. An autopsy showed the little girl died from blunt force head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide. At the time of the death, police said there were persons of interest in the case, but no one was ever arrested. Now, a grand jury has issued a no bill in the case. According to a statement from the Winnsboro Police department, “this is a a sad and disappointing day for us.”

Debris Collection Site Hours Changing

thSMITH COUNTY — The hours of operation at Smith County’s debris collection site near Lindale have changed. The county is altering the hours it is open to 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, because traffic has slowed. Smith County has been collecting vegetative debris at the site, at 10347 Farm-to-Market Road 16, just east of County Road 4104, since the April 29 storms. Road and Bridge crews continue to work to remove tree debris on the county road rights-of-way to take to the collection site. They ask that area residents take debris from their private property to the collection site instead of placing it on county rights-of-way. The debris collection site will remain open until it is no longer needed, according to officials.

City of Tyler Appoints Interim Director of Utilities

cityoftylerTYLER — The City of Tyler has appointed Gordon Mayer as interim director of utilities. Mayer was previously deputy director of public works and city engineer for the city of Southlake. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and a member of the Texas City Managers Association and the American Public Works Association, among others. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.… Read More

Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Memorial Day Weekend

thTYLER — Stores in East Texas and around the state will be offering once-a-year savings on Saturday, May 28, and Monday, Memorial Day, May 30th, during the Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Memorial Day Weekend. During Memorial Day weekend, Shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products including refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, clothes washers, and dishwashers.… Read More

Commissioners Update Decorum Rules

smithcounty-sealTYLER — Smith County commissioners met Tuesday and updated their rules of decorum. KETK reports they addressed the amount of time members of the public may speak, limiting them to three minutes at the podium. Commissioners also addressed the type of language allowed in the courtroom, and they’re looking at starting workshops to better communicate with the public.

A Scam with a Gregg County Twist

scam alert2LONGVIEW- Scammers are trying to con Texans out of money. And they are using the Gregg County Sheriff’s name in the scam. Someone is calling locally and around the state threatening threatening arrest unless paid with a pre-paid debit card. They are even using the name of actual Warrants Lieutenant Bill Drennan. Gregg County Sheriff’s Office PIO Josh Tubb told the Longview News Journal they probably got his name off the department’s web site. The calls are said to have come from the telephone number 903-371-1035. Tubb’s advice is to disregard the calls and report it to the sheriff’s office.

Wreck on Broadway Forced Lane Closures

IMG_1870_1464178534380_8702360_ver1.0TYLER — One person has been hospitalized following a wreck in Tyler this morning. According to KETK, three vehicles collided at the intersection of East 4th Street and Broadway Avenue, near Walgreen’s, around 5:45. Police closed the southbound lanes on Broadway while the wreckage was cleared. The roadway has since been reopened and traffic is moving normally. No word on the extent of injuries.

May 2016 Run-Off Election Results

voting-computer EAST TEXAS (AP) – A boost from former presidential candidate Ted Cruz may have helped an East Texas Republican win the nomination for a state Senate seat. Bryan Hughes beat David Simpson on Tuesday night in a primary runoff between the two state House members. Cruz called Hughes a “conservative fighter” in recorded phone messages to voters. Cruz seldom gets involved in legislative races and has been mostly quiet since ending his White House run. But the raucous support the U.S. senator drew at the Texas Republican Convention earlier this month was a reminder of his influence with GOP voters statewide. No Democrats bothered to run in the solidly conservative senate district. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who controls the Senate, had also endorsed Hughes to replace outgoing Republican Sen. Kevin Eltife.… Read More

Travel Delays for a Gregg County Road

TxDotLONGVIEW – The northbound lane of Farm Road 2087 at the Sabine River Bridge in Gregg County will be closed today, and possibly even Thursday. This will be necessary for work in advance of building a new bridge. Motorists can expect delays during the day. A report from the Texas Department of Transportation says the southbound lane will carry two-way traffic through this work zone with flaggers providing traffic control. Work will be conducted between 7:00am and 7:00pm, so it will be to your advantage if you can take alternate routes during this time. The project to build the new Sabine River Bridge is scheduled to go to bid in August with construction starting in the fall.

Emerald Ash Borer Found near Karnack

adult_on_leafHARRISON COUNTY — The bug that changed Major League Baseball has been found in East Texas. The Texas A&M Forest Service trapped four adult emerald ash borer beetles in Harrison County just south of Karnack. Although the ash trees in the immediate vicinity of the trap did not exhibit symptoms of the pest, efforts are underway to identify any infested trees. Before the emerald ash borer was discovered in michigan in 2002 baseball bats were made of ash. After millions of ash trees were destroyed, manufacturerers were forced to switch to maple.

The Final Numbers are Out for East Texas Giving Day

East Texs Day of GivingTYLER- East Texas Giving Day raised over $479,000 for area non-profits. Of that figure, $357,514 went to 96 Smith County charities. Leading the pack was the Promise Academy which received over $30,000 in gifts. They were followed by PATH and The Hospice of East Texas. The donations to East Texas charities came from 22 states and 2 countries earlier this month. East Texas Communities Foundation President Kyle Penny said they thought the first year’s results are remarkable and they see great potential for Giving Day 2017.

Power Outage Overnight, Downtown Tyler

tyler-downtownTYLER — Oncor Electric Delivery is upgrading electric facilities in the downtown Tyler area. The area can expect a power outage from 10:30pm through 6:00 Wednesday morning. According to a news release from the county, Oncor says the Smith County Elections Office, which is conducting the primary runoff elections, will not be affected. But, as a precaution, the county has brought in a backup generator. Early voting totals were expected to be released shortly after the polls close at 7:00. Because of the threat of a potential power outage, election workers planned to count the election totals without stopping to post any updates, in an effort to get the complete but unofficial totals released before 10:30pm.

New School Superintendent for Marshall

Jerry GibsonMARSHALL – The Marshall School District is a step closer to getting a new school superintendent. At a called meeting Tuesday, school trustees named Jerry Gibson as the lone finalist for the post. Now comes the 21 day waiting period before the selection can become final. Gibson is currently Superintendent at Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD, a post he has held since 2013. He was selected from over 50 applicants for the Marshall position. Gibson succeeds Marc Smith who left a couple of months ago to become school superintendent in Duncanville.

Brownsboro ISD Getting a New Superintendent

Tommy HunterBROWNSBORO — School trustees in Brownsboro have named the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position. At a called meeting Monday, the Brownsboro School Board selected Tommy Hunter for the post. As required by law, they must now wait 21 days before making a final appointment. Hunter was selected from over 50 applicants for the position. He is currently superintendent of the S & S Consolidated School District north of Sherman. He will succeed Dr. Christopher Moran, who has become school superintendent in Whitehouse.

Teacher Charged With Having Sex With a Student

jail-cellPALESTINE – An Anderson County teacher has been arrested on charges of having an improper relationship with a student. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation after receiving a call from the Cayuga school district last Wednesday. Spanish teacher, 37 year old Lori Lynn Slack of Tennessee Colony, resigned from the school last Friday. She surrendered to authorities over the weekend. Slack is accused of having sexual relations with a 17 year old male student. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Kari’s Law Moving Through Congress

Kari Rene Hunt Dunn
WASHINGTON – It’s now up to the U.S. Senate to takeup the Kari’s Law bill. The house has passed the measure, which has its roots in East Texas. In December, 2013, Kari Dunn died in a Marshall hotel after her estranged husband stabbed her 30 times. Her 9-year old daughter tried to call for help but did not know you had to press 9 to dial out. Kari’s law would make it so you would not have to dial 9 to reach emergency personnel from a hotel, or any business nationwide. Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert calls the law a “common sense reform.” The measure is already law in Texas. The governor signed the measure in May of last year. Kari’s husband, Brad, is currently serving 99 years for his wife’s murder.

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Fatal Accident Reported in Cherokee County

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

DPS badgeJACKSONVILLE — A two vehicle accident in Cherokee County has killed an Anderson County woman. The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 Thursday afternoon on Highway 135 about a mile east of Jacksonville. Dead at the scene was Kayla Tucker, 18, of Palestine. The Department of Public Safety reports Tucker lost control of her car on the wet highway. Her car spun into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a SUV driven by Russell Gideon, 48, of Frankston. He was not injured.

Boil Water Notice for Palestine

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

boilingwater-2PALESTINE – A boil water notice has been issued for the city of Palestine. It was issued because of a break in a 10″ main line in the 1600 block of Court Drive. Residents who use city water west of Loop 256 and U.S. Highway 79, West Oak Street, and areas north and south of U.S. 79 will be directly affected. The boil order will be lifted when water reaches testing standards set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. … Read More

An Entrance at Faulkner Park Remains Closed

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Faulkner ParkTYLER — The Faulkner Park entrance at Cumberland Road was suppose to reopen this week. But, because of weather delays, it will remain closed for two more weeks, until June 8th. The entrance was closed because of the ongoing construction for the Cumberland Road extension. Construction includes removal of the median at this entrance, reconfiguration and striping of the intersection, widening of Cumberland Road, asphalt paving and concrete paving. The parking lot entrance will remain open for the Faulkner Park ball fields. Until the Cumberland Road entrance is reopened, traffic will need to detour to exit and enter at the Faulkner Park southern entrance at South Broadway.

Prison Sentence for Asbestos Violations

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

gavelMARSHALL – A Houston County man is going to prison for asbestos removal violations. Rodney K. Beshears, 60, of Kennard pleaded guilty in February to violating asbestos work practice standards of the Clean Air Act. In federal court in Marshall Thursday, he was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison. Beshears and his employees began excavating and removing a pipeline between Diana and Ore City in October 2011. He admitted to not following asbestos removal practices while removing the pipeline.

Teen Injured in Wood County Home Invasion

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

Lawrence HerronQUITMAN – Two persons are in custody and two are being sought in a Wood County home invasion that injured a teenager. The 16 year old boy was alone when his home was broken into and he was stabbed fighting with one of the suspects. He was treated and released from the hospital. The suspects took two televisions, a computer and a rifle and fled. Following up leads, authorities arrested Lawrence “Flow” Herron of Mineola. He has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated robbery and organized criminal activity. A Hispanic male juvenile was later arrested in the Mineola area. KETK reports Investigators have identified two additional suspects and warrants have been issued for their arrests.

New Scholarship Going to Three Area Students

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Javier Arana Jr TYLER — Three local students are among the first recipients of the Trooper Javier Arana Jr. Memorial Scholarship. They gathered at the the Texas Department of Public Safety Tyler Regional Office to receive the award. The scholarship was created in honor of Arana, who was killed in the line of duty in 2012. The first local recipients are James Jackson of Troup High School, Jenna Stanely of Canton High School and Jaylon Seastrunk of Longview High School. Jackson plans to use the scholarship funds towards a degree in law and will be attending UT-Tyler, Stanely plans to study Psychology at Texas State University and Seastrunk will be attending UT-Arlington studying Pre-Med.… Read More

Power Outage Delays Classes at Kilgore College-Longview

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Kilgore College logoLONGVIEW — Students at Kilgore College-Longview got a late start on classes Thursday. A blown transformer near the campus knocked out power to nearly 300 customers, including the college. AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company repaired the problem and the doors to the college were reopened.

Lindale Student Recognized in Austin

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

Drvyer CowartAUSTIN — The State Board of Education has recognized 15 Texas public school students as Student Heroes for their outstanding volunteer efforts at their schools and communities. One of the students is from Smith County. He is Drvyer Cowart, a second grader in Lindale. He had one wish for his birthday, to help area foster children. He asked his family and friends to raise money for Together We Rise, a non-profit that works with foster children in Smith County. The $2,000 that was raised was used to purchase duffle bags that he and his guests decorated. They were then filled with a blanket, stuffed animal, toiletries and other items.

A Sex Offender Compliance Check in Henderson County

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

handcuffed suspect ATHENS — Area law enforcement agencies have joined together to conduct a “Knock and Talk” sex offender compliance check in Henderson county. The action has resulted in some arrests. The goal of the operation was to verify the offender is complying with the law. It requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement agency in the city or county where they reside. Nearly 200 compliance checks were conducted earlier this week. Fourteen sex offenders were found to be out of compliance, four were arrested for probation or parole violations. Those who were arrested were booked into the Henderson County Jail.

Police Seek Suspects in Tyler Bank Robbery

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

BANK ROBBERY TYLER_1464276649952_8725745_ver1.0TYLER — Police are seeking leads in a Thursday morning bank robbery in south Tyler. According to KETK, Public Information Officer Don Martin says two thieves hit Citizens National Bank on W. Grande Boulevard near Old Jacksonville Highway. According to police records, officers were dispatched to the report at 10:07 a.m. Police say they may have found the suspect vehicle, described as a four-door silver Chevrolet with Oklahoma plates. One of the two robbers is described as a black male who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and wearing dark clothes, a hood, and camo face paint. No description is available of the second person. Police said the black male robbed employees at gunpoint as they put cash in an exterior ATM.

Suspected Bank Robber Expected to Plead Guilty

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

23369f5ff26ae2e0983e923c4a62a790TYLER — A man indicted in a 2015 Longview bank robbery is set to take a plea Friday at a hearing in federal court in Tyler. Patrick Terry Gilbert was indicted in November on charges of bank robbery; using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; felon in possession of a firearm; and possession of an unregistered firearm in the Oct. 23 robbery of Capital One Bank in the 1100 block of Judson Road. Gilbert is accused of robbing the bank with a shotgun while wearing a mask from the movie “Scream.” Attorneys in the case notified the district court Monday that a plea agreement was reached, and a hearing is set Friday morning in Tyler.

Teen Arrested for Allegedly Shooting His Father

Posted/updated on: May 27, 2016 at 8:33 am

noelGLADEWATER — A Gladewater teenager has been taken into custody after reportedly shooting his father. According to KETK, officers responded to a home on Ferry around 3:00 Wednesday morning and found Noel Garner Sr. with a gunshot wound. Officials said he was shot by his son, Noel Garner, Jr.,19. Garner, Sr. was shot in his face but was able to give officers details of what happened. His injuries were not life-threatening. Garner, Jr. fled the scene before officers arrived but was found a short time later. He was taken into custody without incident and has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

One Arrested and One Injured in Drive-By Shooting

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

William HydeCUSHING — In an argument over a woman, one person is injured and one is in custody in a drive by shooting in Nacogdoches County. It happened around 1:30 Wednesday morning on County Road 971, northwest of Cushing. After diving by the victim’s home several times, and becoming involved in a traffic accident with the home owner, the suspect is said to have driven by an and fired several shots. The homeowner wasn’t there, but a man in the backyard was wounded. He’s being treated at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Sheriff Jason Bridges says the suspect, William Hyde, 26, of Nacogdoches, was arrested at his Cushing area home. A shotgun, thought to have been used in the attack, was found hidden in nearby woods. Hyde was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Theft Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 2:57 pm

theft suspect-east Texas LONGVIEW – The public is being asked to help identify a man responsible for thefts around East Texas. He is wanted for questioning in connection with thefts at Wal-Mart stores in Longview, Kilgore and Marshall. The thefts were reported between May 8th and 17th. In each case, the suspect entered the store in the morning, filled a shopping cart with electronics, and then leaves through an emergency exit. He has been seen driving a red pickup, a silver or gold Firebird and a gold Saturn. If you know this man, you are asked to contact authorities.

No Bill Issued in Toddler’s Death

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Madison CannonWINNSBORO — A grand jury has returned a no bill in last year’s death of a Wood County toddler. Sixteen-month-old Madison Cannon was found unresponsive in a home on McKinney Street in Winsboro in April of last year. She was first treated at a local hospital, and then flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where she later died. An autopsy showed the little girl died from blunt force head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide. At the time of the death, police said there were persons of interest in the case, but no one was ever arrested. Now, a grand jury has issued a no bill in the case. According to a statement from the Winnsboro Police department, “this is a a sad and disappointing day for us.”

Debris Collection Site Hours Changing

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 12:40 pm

thSMITH COUNTY — The hours of operation at Smith County’s debris collection site near Lindale have changed. The county is altering the hours it is open to 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, because traffic has slowed. Smith County has been collecting vegetative debris at the site, at 10347 Farm-to-Market Road 16, just east of County Road 4104, since the April 29 storms. Road and Bridge crews continue to work to remove tree debris on the county road rights-of-way to take to the collection site. They ask that area residents take debris from their private property to the collection site instead of placing it on county rights-of-way. The debris collection site will remain open until it is no longer needed, according to officials.

City of Tyler Appoints Interim Director of Utilities

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

cityoftylerTYLER — The City of Tyler has appointed Gordon Mayer as interim director of utilities. Mayer was previously deputy director of public works and city engineer for the city of Southlake. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and a member of the Texas City Managers Association and the American Public Works Association, among others. He holds a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.… Read More

Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Memorial Day Weekend

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm

thTYLER — Stores in East Texas and around the state will be offering once-a-year savings on Saturday, May 28, and Monday, Memorial Day, May 30th, during the Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Memorial Day Weekend. During Memorial Day weekend, Shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products including refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, clothes washers, and dishwashers.… Read More

Commissioners Update Decorum Rules

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

smithcounty-sealTYLER — Smith County commissioners met Tuesday and updated their rules of decorum. KETK reports they addressed the amount of time members of the public may speak, limiting them to three minutes at the podium. Commissioners also addressed the type of language allowed in the courtroom, and they’re looking at starting workshops to better communicate with the public.

A Scam with a Gregg County Twist

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

scam alert2LONGVIEW- Scammers are trying to con Texans out of money. And they are using the Gregg County Sheriff’s name in the scam. Someone is calling locally and around the state threatening threatening arrest unless paid with a pre-paid debit card. They are even using the name of actual Warrants Lieutenant Bill Drennan. Gregg County Sheriff’s Office PIO Josh Tubb told the Longview News Journal they probably got his name off the department’s web site. The calls are said to have come from the telephone number 903-371-1035. Tubb’s advice is to disregard the calls and report it to the sheriff’s office.

Wreck on Broadway Forced Lane Closures

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 10:22 am

IMG_1870_1464178534380_8702360_ver1.0TYLER — One person has been hospitalized following a wreck in Tyler this morning. According to KETK, three vehicles collided at the intersection of East 4th Street and Broadway Avenue, near Walgreen’s, around 5:45. Police closed the southbound lanes on Broadway while the wreckage was cleared. The roadway has since been reopened and traffic is moving normally. No word on the extent of injuries.

May 2016 Run-Off Election Results

Posted/updated on: May 26, 2016 at 3:26 am

voting-computer EAST TEXAS (AP) – A boost from former presidential candidate Ted Cruz may have helped an East Texas Republican win the nomination for a state Senate seat. Bryan Hughes beat David Simpson on Tuesday night in a primary runoff between the two state House members. Cruz called Hughes a “conservative fighter” in recorded phone messages to voters. Cruz seldom gets involved in legislative races and has been mostly quiet since ending his White House run. But the raucous support the U.S. senator drew at the Texas Republican Convention earlier this month was a reminder of his influence with GOP voters statewide. No Democrats bothered to run in the solidly conservative senate district. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who controls the Senate, had also endorsed Hughes to replace outgoing Republican Sen. Kevin Eltife.… Read More

Travel Delays for a Gregg County Road

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

TxDotLONGVIEW – The northbound lane of Farm Road 2087 at the Sabine River Bridge in Gregg County will be closed today, and possibly even Thursday. This will be necessary for work in advance of building a new bridge. Motorists can expect delays during the day. A report from the Texas Department of Transportation says the southbound lane will carry two-way traffic through this work zone with flaggers providing traffic control. Work will be conducted between 7:00am and 7:00pm, so it will be to your advantage if you can take alternate routes during this time. The project to build the new Sabine River Bridge is scheduled to go to bid in August with construction starting in the fall.

Emerald Ash Borer Found near Karnack

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 4:15 pm

adult_on_leafHARRISON COUNTY — The bug that changed Major League Baseball has been found in East Texas. The Texas A&M Forest Service trapped four adult emerald ash borer beetles in Harrison County just south of Karnack. Although the ash trees in the immediate vicinity of the trap did not exhibit symptoms of the pest, efforts are underway to identify any infested trees. Before the emerald ash borer was discovered in michigan in 2002 baseball bats were made of ash. After millions of ash trees were destroyed, manufacturerers were forced to switch to maple.

The Final Numbers are Out for East Texas Giving Day

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

East Texs Day of GivingTYLER- East Texas Giving Day raised over $479,000 for area non-profits. Of that figure, $357,514 went to 96 Smith County charities. Leading the pack was the Promise Academy which received over $30,000 in gifts. They were followed by PATH and The Hospice of East Texas. The donations to East Texas charities came from 22 states and 2 countries earlier this month. East Texas Communities Foundation President Kyle Penny said they thought the first year’s results are remarkable and they see great potential for Giving Day 2017.

Power Outage Overnight, Downtown Tyler

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

tyler-downtownTYLER — Oncor Electric Delivery is upgrading electric facilities in the downtown Tyler area. The area can expect a power outage from 10:30pm through 6:00 Wednesday morning. According to a news release from the county, Oncor says the Smith County Elections Office, which is conducting the primary runoff elections, will not be affected. But, as a precaution, the county has brought in a backup generator. Early voting totals were expected to be released shortly after the polls close at 7:00. Because of the threat of a potential power outage, election workers planned to count the election totals without stopping to post any updates, in an effort to get the complete but unofficial totals released before 10:30pm.

New School Superintendent for Marshall

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Jerry GibsonMARSHALL – The Marshall School District is a step closer to getting a new school superintendent. At a called meeting Tuesday, school trustees named Jerry Gibson as the lone finalist for the post. Now comes the 21 day waiting period before the selection can become final. Gibson is currently Superintendent at Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD, a post he has held since 2013. He was selected from over 50 applicants for the Marshall position. Gibson succeeds Marc Smith who left a couple of months ago to become school superintendent in Duncanville.

Brownsboro ISD Getting a New Superintendent

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Tommy HunterBROWNSBORO — School trustees in Brownsboro have named the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position. At a called meeting Monday, the Brownsboro School Board selected Tommy Hunter for the post. As required by law, they must now wait 21 days before making a final appointment. Hunter was selected from over 50 applicants for the position. He is currently superintendent of the S & S Consolidated School District north of Sherman. He will succeed Dr. Christopher Moran, who has become school superintendent in Whitehouse.

Teacher Charged With Having Sex With a Student

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

jail-cellPALESTINE – An Anderson County teacher has been arrested on charges of having an improper relationship with a student. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation after receiving a call from the Cayuga school district last Wednesday. Spanish teacher, 37 year old Lori Lynn Slack of Tennessee Colony, resigned from the school last Friday. She surrendered to authorities over the weekend. Slack is accused of having sexual relations with a 17 year old male student. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Kari’s Law Moving Through Congress

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2016 at 11:54 am

Kari Rene Hunt Dunn
WASHINGTON – It’s now up to the U.S. Senate to takeup the Kari’s Law bill. The house has passed the measure, which has its roots in East Texas. In December, 2013, Kari Dunn died in a Marshall hotel after her estranged husband stabbed her 30 times. Her 9-year old daughter tried to call for help but did not know you had to press 9 to dial out. Kari’s law would make it so you would not have to dial 9 to reach emergency personnel from a hotel, or any business nationwide. Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert calls the law a “common sense reform.” The measure is already law in Texas. The governor signed the measure in May of last year. Kari’s husband, Brad, is currently serving 99 years for his wife’s murder.

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