CLEVELAND (AP/Staff) – Johnny Manziel’s agent has dropped the quarterback and Tyler native following two police investigations in Texas last weekend. Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday saying “with deep regret” he has ended the business relationship. Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month. Burkhardt says he will remain supportive of the 23-year-old player. The agent adds that he and Manziel’s family have gone to great lengths to outline steps to help him.… Read More
TYLER — A $14,000 grant has been awarded to Habitat for Humanity of Smith County. The grant is from The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and Tyler’s Southside Bank. Habitat for Humanity of Smith County CEO Jack Wilson says the funds will help pay for the construction of two new homes in Tyler. The homes, each to cost around $95,000 to build, will be constructed along South Fleishel Avenue. The new homes will contain at least three bedrooms and a carport and will be energy efficient. Wilson says, weather permitting, they could start construction in May.… Read More
TYLER — UT Health Northeast held a news conference to address the concerns of the mosquito borne Zika Virus in East Texas. “We first were alerted to a documented case in Harris County about the middle part of January so this is all a new occurrences” George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Public Health District of Tyler, said. According to KETK, this week CDC confirmed the first sexually transmitted case of Zika, from a patient who sex with someone who returned from Venezula.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Two Longview men have been busted on drug charges. Rickey Don Woods, 27,(pictured) and Cody Len Bartlett, 36, were arrested a hotel room in the 3100 Block of Estes Parkway. They were arrested after the County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit, along with several Longview police officers, executed a narcotic search warrant. Besides being booked into the Gregg County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, they were also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
TYLER — Alba-Golden Senior Jaselyn Riley will be getting two diplomas in May. She graduates from high school and will receive an associate’s degree from Tyler Junior College. She, like a growing number of students, are taking dual credit courses. A record number of students are registered in dual credit courses at TJC. It hit 2,033 this semester. And not only academic courses, but technology courses are available as well.… Read More
TYLER (AP/STAFF) — A federal jury Tyler has ordered Apple to pay $625.6 million after finding that Apple services like FaceTime and iMessage infringed on technology patents held by Nevada patent-holding company VirnetX. The Company had previously won a $368 million verdict against Apple on similar claims in 2012. That award was overturned by an appellate court, which ordered a new trial.… Read More
CANTON – A two vehicle collision near Canton has killed a Henderson County teen. Killed in the Tuesday afternoon crash was Ethan Gould, 19, of Athens. He was pronounced dead at the scene after his pickup collided head on with a tractor trailer rig. One of the three persons in the 18-wheeler was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released. The accident happened shortly before 6:00 Tuesday afternoon on State Highway 19, about nine miles south of Canton.
LONGVIEW – A Longview man has been arrested after being accused of two armed robberies. Kenneth Dewayne “Frog” McGee, 35, is accused of using a handgun to rob a store on South Eastman Road and earlier robbing a convenience store on Gilmer Road. A few minutes after the second robbery, McGee, who matched the suspect’s description, was found on Swancy Street. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail Wednesday morning on two counts of aggravated robbery. His bonds total $100,000.
GREGG COUNTY — A Longview man is behind bars after his victim took matters into their own hands. According to KETK, around 10:55 Monday night, police were dispatched to a home on Spring Street for an unknown problem. When officers arrived, the victim told police that a Hispanic male, identified as Kevin Mitchell Gonzales, 28, Longview, had attempted to enter the garage without permission. The victim and Gonzales began to fight and Gonzales pulled out a handgun. During the struggle Gonzales fired one round from the .45 caliber pistol. The victim was able to get the gun away from Gonzales and hold him down until police arrived.… Read More
ANGELINA COUNTY — An East Texas man has been arrested after reportedly fighting with a deputy during his arrest. According to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Dalton Mack Oates, 23, of Lufkin, was taken into custody after he was found hiding under a home. Officials said they received reports of an intoxicated man who had allegedly entered a home and stole a cellphone. A short time later, a deputy was able to locate found an intoxicated Oates with three cellphones. According to KETK, when the deputy tried to arrest the suspect, he began struggling with the deputy and was wrestled to the ground. Oates then ran into a wooded area. Officials eventually found Oates, with the help of Lufkin Police, underneath a hiding underneath a house. He was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, assault on a public servant and evading arrest. He is being held in the Angelina County Jail on bonds totaling $17,500.
TYLER — Tyler Water Utilities says it continues to see improvements in the city’s drinking water quality according to test results. According to a news release, the latest readings from all eight sampling sites are significantly below the maximum contaminant level threshold of 60 parts per billion (ppb) for haloacetic acids. After customers received notice of the exceedance of haloacetic acids in the drinking water, many questions were asked regarding the safety of Tyler’s water. To answer the citizens’ call for action, Mayor Heines held a press conference last November saying he’d asked City Manager Ed Broussard to contact a third party, eHt, to evaluate Tyler Water utilities and its processes. … Read More
LONGVIEW – A new newspaper is available today in Longview. After a few years of discussion, the Longview School District is publishing the Longview Voice. The paper, both a hard copy as well as an on line edition, reports on the many good things the district is doing for all of its students. With a print run of 15,000 copies, January’s six-page edition features articles on LISD student accomplishments, a calendar of coming events for February, and a column from Longview Mayor,and LHS alum, Dr. Andy Mack.… Read More
KILGORE — A Longview man outed himself by way of a job application shortly after he stole a car in the Kilgore area, according to police. According to KETK, police say on Tuesday night, a man entered a restaurant to get a bite to eat but left his vehicle running. While the man was inside the business, a burglar jumped in his vehicle and sped away. Responding officers learned the suspect had just filled out a job application containing his personal information right before the car was taken. Kilgore Police said officers also knew the man from previous run-ins with the law, and a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) was issued for Courtney Cordell Wheat. … Read More
LONGVIEW — Longview police took two Longview residents into custody Tuesday afternoon following a car chase. Authorities said kids were inside the suspect vehicle. At 4:36 p.m., officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Trevorris Rashomique Woodard, 28, in relation to a narcotics case. When officers tried to pull over a car in which the suspect was a passenger, the driver of that vehicle reportedly sped away. During the pursuit, the suspect allegedly threw a handgun out of the front passenger window. The driver, who was later identified as 28-year-old Taneeka Channee Woodard, reportedly led police on a short chase before giving herself up at the intersection of Carter and Nelson Streets. … Read More
FRANKSTON — The cause of a fatal fire in Frankston is under investigation. Noonday Volunteer Firefighters and the Henderson County Fire Marshal responded to the scene just after 9:00 Tuesday night in the Briarwood Bay subdivision. Officials said two people were killed in the fire. Identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. According to KETK, several firefighters were treated for injuries.
LONGVIEW — The Longview Fire Department has deemed two structure fires as arson. According to Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary, a fire at a vacant home on Jean Drive and a fire at Eden Special Care, which is vacant, were labeled as arson Tuesday night. The fires are said to not be related, even though they occurred within two hours of each other.
According to KETK, authorities responded to the first fire on the 500 block of Jean Drive around 3:15 p.m. Crews rolled out to the second blaze at approximately 5:05 p.m. The first fire was extinguished in about 25 minutes. Police said officers saw a man running north from the fire as they arrived at the scene shortly after 3 p.m. He is described as a black or Hispanic male wearing a dark-colored shirt, khaki shorts and a ball cap.… Read More
TYLER – The Smith County Jail has passed its annual surprise inspection by the Texas State Jail Commission. Because of a new jail addition, instead of a two day inspection, this year it was three full 11-hour days. Sheriff Larry Smith says the first two days covered paperwork, such as medical reports and observation logs. The third day was a walk through of the jail. And, while the jail passed, there are some improvements that will be required. The TCJS is now going to require that improvements be made both at the Low Risk Facility as well as the Central Jail in the shower areas. Sheriff Smith says the county has two years to make the improvements.
TYLER — The Smith County Commissioners Court honored fallen K-9 Ogar and his handler, Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Kevin Petty, on Tuesday for their service to the county. Commissioner Terry Phillips said he wanted to present Petty with a memorial to honor Ogar, the K-9 who was shot in the line of duty January 19. Commissioner Phillips, who serves the area, said he attended the memorial service held for Ogar in Lindale January 23 and was impressed with the amount of support shown in the community. Precinct 5 Constable Kenneth Bibby said Ogar was 2½ years old and had been with his office since October 2014. Ogar died protecting Deputy Constable Petty. The K-9 officer was shot during a traffic stop that turned violent.
BULLARD — A public celebration of Pierre de Wet’s life will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at the KE Bushman’s Event & Celebration Center, U.S. Highway 69 at FM 2493. De Wet, 61, the founder of the Kiepersol family of farming, winemaking and hospitality enterprises, died January 26 at his home of cardiac arrest.… Read More
TYLER — A jury has been seated and testimony is underway in the trial of a Smith County man accused of using a bat to kill a man. James Bales, 32, is accused of the murder of Bias Lott, 61, last March. It happened in the 22000 block of Lakeway Harbor Drive in Bullard. Deputies initially responded to a disturbance call and, upon arrival, found two men involved in an altercation. Officials said one of the men had been attacked and repeatedly hit in the head with a baseball bat. Lot was transported to a Tyler hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and died early the next morning. Bales’ trial is being held in the 114th State District Court.
TYLER – A man has been arrested following an alleged kidnapping attempt in South Tyler.It happened around 7:15 Monday night near the intersection of South Broadway and Amherst. A woman tells officers she was walking north on Broadway when a man came up from behind her and after talking with her, grabbed her, and tried to pull her behind a fence. She broke free and called police. The suspect, 28 year old Kevin James Kohute of Tyler, was arrested within 20 minutes.
HARRISON COUNTY — Hallsville Mayor Pro Tem Jake Auther Walker died Monday night during a two-vehicle crash near Marshall. According to KETK, a preliminary DPS report says at 7:34 p.m., an 18-wheeler was headed south on US 59 when a truck traveling west on FM 2625 drove through a stop sign and crossed in front of the semi. The 18-wheeler hit the passenger side of the truck and both vehicles came to a stop in a ditch. The trailer on the semi then rolled on top of the truck. Walker, 68, the driver of the truck, was pronounced dead at the scene. Rodney Regan Smircich, 52, of Rogers, Arkansas, the driver of the semi, was not injured.
ALPINE — After a guilty verdict in his Alpine trial for the first-degree felony murder of Kilgore native Trey Sands, Keith Allen McWilliams was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday morning. The Kilgore News-Herald reports the 50-year-old — the first of two men to be tried for the October 2014 killing in West Texas — will be eligible for consideration for parole after 30 years behind bars. Charles Levi Morrow is the second man accused of beating, stabbing and shooting the 28-year-old Kilgore High School alumnus and burying the man under a half-ton of rocks in the area known as Terlingua Ranch. His trial in Alpine begins Feb. 22.
MT. PLEASANT — The Titus County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday the arrest of an alleged methamphetamine dealer. KETK reports that on Friday, deputies staked out part of West 17th Street in Mount Pleasant after receiving a tip about a possible meth dealer in the area. Shortly after 7 p.m., deputies approached Carl Robert Ferrell, II, 49, as he walked toward his vehicle. After an investigation, deputies reportedly found methamphetamine Ferrell’s vehicle. Authorities say they also located methamphetamine at the suspect’s apartment. Titus County deputies charged him with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and booked him into the Titus County Jail. He was later released on $35,000 bond.
PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department has released information on a recent holdup at knifepoint in hopes a tipster will come forward. KETK reports that on Sunday at about 8:10 pm, officers were dispatched to the Mini-Mart on W. Palestine Ave. near the Queen St. intersection on reports of an aggravated robbery in the area. When police made it to the scene, they spoke with a 35-year-old man who said two unknown black males confronted him outside of the store, with one holding a knife. The robbers stole cash and a cellphone from the victim.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Longview police are alerting area residents to an email scam that has surfaced. It tells the recipient they “can run, but can never hide.” According to the email, someone close to them has paid to have them killed. It says “my colleagues has been in your state right now keeping eye’s on every steps you make”. The email then asks for lump sums of money and to email the scammer at a specific email address. Longview police spokesman Kristie Brian says not to open emails that come from email addresses you don’t recognize or may look suspicious. In this case, like many other scams, the scam artists use threats, bad language, and intimidation to scare the victim into sending them cash or some other form of payment.
HENDERSON – A fatal Rusk County accident remains under investigation. The victim has been identified as Jerry Leath, 74, of Laird Hill. According to the Department of Public Safety report, Leath’s pickup was heading south when, f or some unknown reason, it left the roadway. The truck ran through a ditch and a barbed wire fence and then hit a tree. Leath was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened the accident happened shortly after 3:15 Sunday afternoon a couple of miles from Henderson.