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Tyler Police Search for School Burglar

TISDBreakInTPD_1429883900742_258407_ver1.0TYLER — The Tyler Police Department and Tyler Independent School District officers are searching for a person who allegedly broke into a local school. According to KETK, the reported break-in happened at Moore Middle School, 1200 South Tipton Avenue on Wednesday, April 15. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tyler Police at 903-262-1111.

New Abortion Restrictions Passed, Then Scrapped

Matt Schaefer2AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House briefly approved new abortion restrictions involving fetuses with severe abnormalities before a sweeping health bill was quickly withdrawn. The unexpected vote Thursday marked a new push by Republicans to further tighten Texas abortion restrictions that are already among the toughest in the nation. Abortions are banned in Texas after 20 weeks except when the fetus has severe health defects. While the Republican-controlled House debated a mundane health agency bill, state Representative Matt Schaefer of Tyler successfully tacked on a rider that would end that exception. The entire bill was later pulled down after Democrats launched technical objections. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is strongly anti-abortion but the issue has not been a priority in his first session.

Body Found In Nacogdoches County Identified

Justin Ferrell2NACOGDOCHES — Human remains found in Nacogdoches County last month have been identified. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the body was that of Justin Farrell, 31, of Nacogdoches. He was reported missing in May, 2004. The human remains were found north of Cushing on March 13th. A person looking for their pet in the woods discovered found a bone believed to be human remains. Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Rangers searched the area and discovered other remains. At the time, investigators said foul play may be involved. On yesterday’s news release, the death is described as “questionable.” When Ferrell disappeared he was driving a silver 1996 Dodge Ram. The pickup has not been found.

Wrong Fuel Blamed for Crash-Landing of Twin-Engine Plane

Plane lands on Diboll highway 4-17-15LUFKIN (AP) — An East Texas official says the use of improper fuel is believed to have caused the crash landing of a private plane last week that injured the pilot and two passengers. Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter told The Lufkin Daily News that a lineman at the Angelina County Airport misidentified Edd Hendee’s Cessna 421B aircraft and filled it with the wrong fuel. The aircraft made a crash landing April 17 beside U.S. 59 near Diboll, ending up in a grassy area. Hendee and his two passengers suffered minor injuries. Hendee is a former radio talk show host in Houston, where he also owns a restaurant.

Trooper Injured in Crash near Highway 64 East

thumb_DPS-car-2SMITH COUNTY — A Department of Public Safety trooper was injured in a 2-vehicle crash near Highway 64 East in Smith County. According to KETK, Trooper Jean Dark says her office was notified of the rollover wreck on Farm Road 848 and Spur 248 shortly after 12:15 yesterday afternoon. A preliminary crash investigation revealed a driver was headed north on FM 848 when that driver’s car, for unknown reasons, left the right side of the road and overcorrected into the southbound lane. The vehicle then slammed into the side of the trooper’s SUV and sent the vehicle rolling. The trooper had tried to avoid the crash, but was not able to. Dark said the trooper was taken to Mother Frances Hospital with minor injuries. The trooper’s name was not immediately released.

Tyler Bank Robbed, Suspect Caught

carrollTYLER — A suspect in a Tyler bank robbery has been caught shortly after the crime was committed. And he was caught at his home only four blocks away. Shortly after 1:00 yesterday afternoon, Tyler police responded to Regions Bank at 100 East Ferguson. According to police, Samuel Dwayne Carroll, 45, presented a note to the teller informing her that he was robbing the bank. After receiving the money, police say Carroll fled the bank on foot. No one was hurt. Read the rest of this entry »

UT Tyler Breaks Ground on Alumni House

UT Tyler Alumni House exterior frontTYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler has begun construction of a multi-purpose, two-story facility that will be the UT Tyler Alumni House – the central home for all UT Tyler alumni. A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the latest addition to the Tyler campus was held Thursday in the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center Ballroom. At almost 13,000 square feet, the UT Tyler Alumni House will serve not only UT Tyler alumni but also the university and Tyler community. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Woman Allegedly Stabs Boyfriend

Latoya WashingtonLONGVIEW — A Longview woman remains in the Gregg County Jail after being accused of stabbing her boyfriend. Arrested in the 700 block of South Green Street around 11:00 Wednesday night was Latoya Washington, 31. She has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. The stabbing followed a domestic dispute. The victim was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center for treatment wof what was described as non-life threatening injuries.

Marshall Authorities Seek Sex Offender

Anthony Eric VillarrealMARSHALL – Authorities are putting out an alert for a man wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a child. According to KETK, the Marshall Police Department is looking for 30-year-old Anthony Eric Villarreal. His last known address is 502 Locust Street in Marshall. The suspect is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 155 pounds. He is a Hispanic male and was last seen on April 8. Anyone with information on the location of Villarreal is asked to call the Marshall Police Department at (903)935-4575 or Marshall-Harrison County Crime Stoppers at (903) 935-9969.

Suspect Arrested in Smith County Robbery/Shooting

Gregory DeBaseTYLER — Sulphur Springs police have arrested 18-year-old Gregory Dequan DeBase of Sulphur Springs, a suspect in a robbery and shooting that occurred Monday on County Road 149 in southeastern Smith County. Officials say DeBase was arrested on a first-degree felony warrant issued in Smith County. Smith County Sheriff’s detectives acquired the arrest warrant Wednesday from 114th State District Judge Christi Kennedy, who set Debase’s bond at $150,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Whitehouse School Bus Involved in Minor Accident, 1 Taken to Hospital

schoolbusWHITEHOUSE — A Whitehouse ISD school bus was involved in a minor vehicle accident just before 8:00 Thursday morning. According to KETK, eight students were on the bus when the accident occurred. One student was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures at the request of the parent. The WISD school bus was leaving Wildcat Drive and turning South onto Texas 110 when the accident occurred. Both vehicles were driven away from the scene and no wrecker services were needed.

Evacuations Lifted Following Longview Train Derailment

BNSF FRailroadLONGVIEW — A voluntary evacuation has been lifted in South Longview and residents have been allowed to return to their homes. However streets around the train derailment remain closed. Five BNSF cars carrying liquefied petroleum, derailed around 10:30 Tuesday night. It occurred near the area of Cotton Street and Gum Springs Road. There were no reports of any cars leaking. There were no injuries. No word on what caused the derailment.

One Injured in Longview Park Shooting

Longview Police PatchLONGVIEW — A shooting at McWhorter Park on Toler Road in Longview has left one man wounded. It was reported around 4:45 Wednesday afternoon. It is said to have followed an argument among several men. Police later found the victim at the Summer Lake Apartments on McCann Road. He was taken to Longview Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Marshall Man Busted for Firearm and Drug Violations

Theodore George JonesMARSHALL — A Marshall man has been arrested on drug and firearm charges. He is Theodore George Jones, 31. Members of the Marshall Police Department’s Marshall Criminal Apprehension Team were in the process of serving Jones with a felony warrant on separate charges when they smelled marijuana. After getting a search warrant, officers found seven rifles, two handguns and various narcotics and dangerous drugs. Jones has been charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 400 grams, felony one; possession of a controlled substance greater than one gram less than four grams felony two; prohibited weapon(firearm), felony three; unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, felony three; possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor A and possession of marijuana less than two ounces, misdemeanor B.

Tyler Seeking Bids for New Animal Care Facility

Tyler City Hall-2TYLER — The Tyler City Council voted unanimously to allow City Staff to advertise for bids for the renovation of an existing building for a new animal care facility. In December 2013, property at 4218 Chandler Highway was purchased for a permanent, city-owned animal care facility. The property includes ten acres of land and a 20,000-square-foot building. The architectural firm Freese and Nichols and their subcontractor who specializes in animal facilities, Designed Learned, Inc., were contracted to determine the needs of the facility, how the building and grounds should be utilized, and to design the renovation of the facility for the new, highly specialized use. Read the rest of this entry »

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