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Marshall Shooting Probe Continues

MARSHALL – Marshall police continue their efforts to track down the suspects involved in a shooting this week at Wiley College. It happened around 12:15 Monday morning. A black sedan, believed to be a Chevrolet Impala, possibly a year model between 2006 – 2013, drove onto the Strickland Hall parking lot and possibly exchanged gunfire with someone in the parking lot. One bullet went through a dorm window. No injuries were reported. The car, with possibly two persons inside, crashed into a retaining wall, damaging the wall and the vehicle. The vehicle then left the campus. The car should have extensive front-end damage.

The Investigation of the Trinity Industries Fire

HALLSVILLE – Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of Wednesday’s fire at Trinity Industries at Hallsville. The fire was reported late that afternoon in the paint shop building at the plant. The fire, just east of Longview, was reported contained about an hour and a half later. The building was a total loss. The Harrison County Fire Marshal’s office told the Longview News Journal they still are investigating the cause, but they haven’t found anything suspicious. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Temple said the blaze is likely linked to faulty equipment. No injuries were reported.

Traffic Problem Near Henderson

HENDERSON – A traffic problem in Rusk county has been cleared up. It was created when a log truck had an accident, spilling longs along the highway. The accident was on U.S. Highway 79 East, just west of County Road 304, and just east of Henderson. There were no report of injuries.

Tyler’s Jobless Number Beats the State

AUSTIN – The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in December to reach 3.9%. It is up slightly from the 3.8% figure in November. The Nation’s unemployment was 4.1% last month. The Tyler Numbers are even better. Tyler’s unemployment rate fell from 3.7% in November to 3.4% last month. It was 4.3% a year ago. Longview’s number went down slightly. It was 4.2% in November, and fell to 4.1% in December. That is far better that the 5.9% unemployment rate in December 2016. The Texas workforce Commission reports the state’s economy added 306,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs last year. The state’s annual employment growth was 2.5% in December, marking 92 consecutive months of annual growth.

Third Arrest in Smith County Murder

SMITH COUNTY — An East Texas man has been arrested for murder. According to KETK, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office arrested Colton Wade Tate, 21, of Tyler. He was booked into the Smith County Jail around 1:30 a.m., on Friday and later released on $50,000 bond. Tate was arrested in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Andrew Carpenter. Around 1:15 a.m. November 5, the SCSO received a 911 call reporting a shooting at a residence on Deerwood Drive. Carpenter, 19, of Tyler, was found inside the residence with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a Tyler hospital.… Read the rest of the article…

Longview Woman Charged with Trafficking Runaway Teen

GREGG COUNTY — A Longview woman is arrested on charges related to sex trafficking a runaway 14-year-old girl. According to the Longview News-Journal, Chelsey Rae Penney, 32, is charged with compelling prostitution under age 18, trafficking of a person and engaging in organized criminal activity. Her bond was set at $150,000. Police said Penney drove the girl to different cities, including Tyler, paid for hotel rooms and placed online ads for the girl to be prostituted.… Read the rest of the article…

Palestine Boil Water Notice

PALESTINE – A boil water notice has been issued for a portion of Palestine. Due to a water main repair, the notice was issued for residents in the area of Lamar Street from Church to Hood Streets. 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.

The Flare Named a Crown Finalist

KILGORE – The Kilgore College student newspaper, The Flare, has been named a Crown Finalist from Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York. Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from organization’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Also, Kilgore College students received 11 Gold Circle Awards from the institution, highlighting publications produced during the 2016-17 academic year. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging.… Read the rest of the article…

The Salvation Army, a Warm Shelter in Cold Times

TYLER – The Salvation Army in Tyler has been kept busy this week because of the cold and the snow. The decrease of temperature brought an increase in those looking for shelter. The Center of Hope housed nearly 300 people the last few days. The soup kitchen’s community dinner served around 115 people a night. Anyone interested in helping The Salvation Army continue to provide a safe place for families during difficult times can go to http://www.salvationarmytyler.org and donate online. The shelter is also in need of bath towels, wash clothes, chapstick, scarfs and winter gloves and hats for children and adults.

An Award for Congressman Gohmert

WASHINGTON – The Association of the United States Navy has awarded Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert the “National Legislative Advocacy Award.” Each year the group presents the award to a member of the U.S. house and senate. According to a news release from the congressman’s office, the decision to give him the award was a unanimous decision among the group’s 20,000 members, an exceedingly rare occurrence. Besides an award for the congressman, his staff members who assist him in legislative issues over our military, Caralee Conklin and Sean Griffin, were awarded the “National Legislative Proponent Award” for the work they do daily with Veterans and the Armed Forces.

Tyler Police Adding Emergency Response Certification

TYLER – Police officers are trained to to safeguard lives and property and to protect individuals in the communities they serve. Now, Tyler officers will get additional training in emergency medical care. The Tyler police Department is partnering with East Texas Medical Center and the Emergency Medical Responder certification program. This prepares officers to provide the initial lifesaving care for patients experiencing cardiac arrest, overdose and traumatic injury. These certified EMR officers can initiate such action as, using Automatic External Defibrillators, administering oxygen, utilizing blood glucometers, applying tourniquets and administering Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The training kicks off next Tuesday.

UT Tyler Online Nursing Program Among the Top in the Nation

TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler’s online graduate nursing program is one of the best country. In rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, the U-T Tyler program is tied for 5th place, out of 159 programs nationally. They tied with John Hopkins University, George Washington University and University of South Carolina. It was also the number 1 ranked Texas university as well, out of 13 appearing on the list. And, according to U.S. News data, UT Tyler is the No. 1 lowest cost program among the top 10 online nursing graduate programs. The magazine’s ranking methodology considers quality of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

Rusk Prison Unit Hit Hard by the Flu

RUSK — No one in Texas is immune from the flu. That includes Texas prisons, with one East Texas unit feeling the effects. The prison system’s Jason Clark says officials are seeing outbreaks at the Hodge Unit in Rusk, which houses intellectually challenged inmates — as well as the Jester Four Prison in RIchmond. clark says those sickened are from different housing areas, “so that makes trying to restrict their movement more difficult. Officers are utilizing surgical masks and gloves whenever they’re going into those affected areas.” As of Wednesday 64 inmates in Hodge were ill and 18 in the Jester Four unit. Visitation was closed last weekend at both prisons. It’s not known yet if visitors will be welcomed this coming weekend.

Trinity Industries Fire Contained

HALLSVILLE — A Trinity Industries plant was evacuated Wednesday evening after a fire and explosion. According to the Longview News-Journal, all employees were were accounted for, said Jay Webb, spokesman with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, and it appeared there were no injuries. The fire at the plant, one of three in the area associated with Trinity’s TrinityRail subsidiary, produced smoke that was visible from Longview. Webb said the incident occurred near the paint shop area in the plant. The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. and was contained by about 7:00 p.m., but crews from multiple agencies remained on the scene just off U.S. 80 east of Longview into the evening.… Read the rest of the article…

A Tyler Temperature Record Tied

TYLER – Morning low temperatures in the area on Wednesday hit the upper single digits to low teens. The National Weather Service records show Tyler had a low of 11 degrees. That equals the record low for January 17, set on that date in 1957. And the high of 32 Wednesday afternoon equaled the date’s record low maximum temperature for Tyler set on January 17th in 1930, 1953, and 1957. It has been at or below freezing in Tyler since 11:00 Monday night. This has been Tyler’s coldest period since December, 1989, went the temperature dropped to -2 degrees. Tyler’s coldest period ran from December 19th through the 29th in 1983. During that time there were 258 hours of sub-freezing temperatures. Tyler’s coldest day was on February 12, 1899 when the temperature bottomed out at -8 degrees.

Car Hits Building

MARSHALL – A wreck in Marshall, where a car drove into a building, remains under investigation. It happened around 6:00 on Wednesday morning on West Grand Avenue near North Washington Avenue. Police public information officer Kelly Colvin said the car which was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions when the driver lost control of it. The car went airborne and crashed into a vacant building. The driver was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall with what are believed to be minor injuries. The building sustained major damage.

Filings Underway for Longview City Elections

LONGVIEW – Filing has begun for three spots on the Longview City Council. Filing started Wednesday and will run through February 16th, for mayor and council districts 1 and 2. Mayor Andy Mack (pictured) has filed for re-election. Mack was first elected to the post in 2015, succeeding Jay Dean, who had held the post for ten years. Filing for District 1 on opening day was incumbent councilman Ed Moore. Now retired, Moore was once Longview’s Assistant City Manager. No one filed for District 2 on opening day. The election is on Saturday, May 5th.

Mineola Fire Victim Identified

MINEOLA – Investigators have identified a visitor from Mexico as the victim of a Mineola fire. Gerardo Valadez, 32, died in the fire at the Mineola Motor Lodge on West Broad Street. His body was sent to a Tyler lab for autopsy. Fire Marshal David Madsen said it was reported around 11:00 Monday night. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Elderly Woman’s Body Found in Smith County

LINDALE – The body of a missing Smith County woman has been found. Authorities had been looking for 83 year old Betty Freeman. She lived alone on County Road 4118 in the Lindale area. Her caretaker took her home around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon. The caretaker reported her missing when she went to her home around 10:00 Wednesday morning. About 2 1/2 hours later, her body was found about a mile from her house. She appears to have died from overexposure and foul play is not suspected.

Accused Killer Found Dead

IRVING (AP/STAFF) – A man accused of killing a Jacksonville woman in the metroplex, has been found dead. Investigators in Irving say Mark Leonard Kincer, 50, killed Susan Bufford Maleskey, 58, of Jacksonville, then traveled 350 miles to Monahans and took his own life. They say he had been facing eviction from a Dallas-area home for delinquent rent. An Irving police statement says no other suspects are being sought in theJanuary 11th slaying. Detectives identified Kincer as the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. He was found dead the next day of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Irving police didn’t immediately release additional information about the rent dispute.

Longview Burglary Suspect in Jail

LONGVIEW – A Longview burglary suspect has been busted. In the Gregg County Jail is 49 year old Dalas Edward Skaggs of Logansport, Indiana. He was first picked up on East Marshall Avenue on an outstanding warrant. When he was arrested, officers found property belonging to a home on Stuckey Drive that was burglarized last week. He was also identified from surveillance video in the Stuckey Drive area. Officers say Skaggs confessed to the burglary. His bonds total $25,000 on charges of burglary of a habitation and possession of a controlled substance.

A Temperature Record for Tyler

TYLER – National Weather Service records show Tyler’s snowfall total was 2 inches. The city also set a low maximum temperature for January 16th at 28 degrees. That was recorded at 12:01am. That beat the previous record low maximum temperature, which was 29 degrees on January 16, 2017.

Roadway Problems in Tyler

TYLER — Tyler Police have had some roads where traffic had trouble with ice and snow on the road. City and TXDot sand trucks responded to problem areas when they become available. Now, with dropping temperatures overnight, the roads could turn back to ice and cause many problems for drivers. Even though the street may look clear you may be driving on black ice and easily lose control of your vehicle. City of Tyler road crews will continue to sand streets at the request of the police department. Your best bet, stay at home.… Read the rest of the article…

DPS Travel Advisory

TYLER – The Department of Public Safety is continuing to strongly encourage people to not travel as many of the major roadways in the East Texas area are experiencing delays due to road conditions. If you must drive, remember to slow down and keep a larger distance than normal from other vehicles. Use extra caution when approaching elevated areas. Avoid using cruise control. During the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.

Road Problems in Longview

LONGVIEW – Snowy and icy conditions closed some roads in Longview. At mid afternoon Tuesday, all of those roads have now reopened. As is the City’s normal protocol, public works crews will be distributing sand onto roadways with a priority given to bridges, intersections, and hills. However, roads are still icy, so please avoid driving in these conditions.

Thousands Lose Power in East Texas

EAST TEXAS — If you’re without power today, you’re far from alone. The electricity went off for thousands of East Texans as the winter blast blew through Monday night and Tuesday morning. The Wood County Electric Cooperative was reported among the utilities especially hard hit.

TxDOT Addressing Winter Weather in the Area

TYLER – Texas Department of Transportation crews have been working to address icy weather conditions. Maintenance crews completed pre-treatment of various elevated structures around the Tyler District. They have also prepared their dump trucks and equipment to respond as weather conditions change. The crews will monitor roadways, increasing their activity as night falls and the chance for icy conditions move in. Crews will be working around the clock monitoring bridges, ramps and overpasses. Problems areas will be treated as warranted and in conjunction with law enforcement notifications. … Read the rest of the article…

One Dead in Mineola Fire

MINEOLA – An investigation is underway into a fatal fire in Mineola. Fire Marshall David Madsen said it was reported around 11:00 Monday night at the Mineola Motor Lodge on West Broad Street. Initial reports are a Hispanic male was killed and his body has been sent to a Tyler lab for autopsy. His identity has not been released at this time. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Tyler Salvation Army Prepared for the Cold

TYLER – The Salvation Army is open and ready to serve any in need, following the cold front that brought snow to our doorstep Monday night. Currently, the Center of Hope is housing 132 people in need of shelter from the inclement weather. While many businesses are closed due to the weather, The Salvation Army’s doors remain wide open for any men, women or children in need of a warm place to stay. The soup kitchen is also open to the public for dinner tonight at 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in helping The Salvation Army continue to provide a safe place for families during difficult times can go to http://www.salvationarmytyler.org to donate online. The shelter is also in need of bath towels, wash clothes, chapstick, scarfs and winter gloves and hats for children and adults

Winter Weather Closures, Delays, Changes

EAST TEXAS — Weather-related closings have been announced across East Texas. Please use this email address: closings@ktbb.com to send us your closings or delays. … Read the rest of the article…

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Marshall Shooting Probe Continues

Posted/updated on: January 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

MARSHALL – Marshall police continue their efforts to track down the suspects involved in a shooting this week at Wiley College. It happened around 12:15 Monday morning. A black sedan, believed to be a Chevrolet Impala, possibly a year model between 2006 – 2013, drove onto the Strickland Hall parking lot and possibly exchanged gunfire with someone in the parking lot. One bullet went through a dorm window. No injuries were reported. The car, with possibly two persons inside, crashed into a retaining wall, damaging the wall and the vehicle. The vehicle then left the campus. The car should have extensive front-end damage.

The Investigation of the Trinity Industries Fire

Posted/updated on: January 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

HALLSVILLE – Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of Wednesday’s fire at Trinity Industries at Hallsville. The fire was reported late that afternoon in the paint shop building at the plant. The fire, just east of Longview, was reported contained about an hour and a half later. The building was a total loss. The Harrison County Fire Marshal’s office told the Longview News Journal they still are investigating the cause, but they haven’t found anything suspicious. Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Temple said the blaze is likely linked to faulty equipment. No injuries were reported.

Traffic Problem Near Henderson

Posted/updated on: January 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

HENDERSON – A traffic problem in Rusk county has been cleared up. It was created when a log truck had an accident, spilling longs along the highway. The accident was on U.S. Highway 79 East, just west of County Road 304, and just east of Henderson. There were no report of injuries.

Tyler’s Jobless Number Beats the State

Posted/updated on: January 22, 2018 at 3:35 am

AUSTIN – The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in December to reach 3.9%. It is up slightly from the 3.8% figure in November. The Nation’s unemployment was 4.1% last month. The Tyler Numbers are even better. Tyler’s unemployment rate fell from 3.7% in November to 3.4% last month. It was 4.3% a year ago. Longview’s number went down slightly. It was 4.2% in November, and fell to 4.1% in December. That is far better that the 5.9% unemployment rate in December 2016. The Texas workforce Commission reports the state’s economy added 306,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs last year. The state’s annual employment growth was 2.5% in December, marking 92 consecutive months of annual growth.

Third Arrest in Smith County Murder

Posted/updated on: January 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm

SMITH COUNTY — An East Texas man has been arrested for murder. According to KETK, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office arrested Colton Wade Tate, 21, of Tyler. He was booked into the Smith County Jail around 1:30 a.m., on Friday and later released on $50,000 bond. Tate was arrested in connection with the 2017 shooting death of Andrew Carpenter. Around 1:15 a.m. November 5, the SCSO received a 911 call reporting a shooting at a residence on Deerwood Drive. Carpenter, 19, of Tyler, was found inside the residence with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a Tyler hospital.… Read the rest of the article…

Longview Woman Charged with Trafficking Runaway Teen

Posted/updated on: January 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm

GREGG COUNTY — A Longview woman is arrested on charges related to sex trafficking a runaway 14-year-old girl. According to the Longview News-Journal, Chelsey Rae Penney, 32, is charged with compelling prostitution under age 18, trafficking of a person and engaging in organized criminal activity. Her bond was set at $150,000. Police said Penney drove the girl to different cities, including Tyler, paid for hotel rooms and placed online ads for the girl to be prostituted.… Read the rest of the article…

Palestine Boil Water Notice

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm

PALESTINE – A boil water notice has been issued for a portion of Palestine. Due to a water main repair, the notice was issued for residents in the area of Lamar Street from Church to Hood Streets. 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.

The Flare Named a Crown Finalist

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 3:11 pm

KILGORE – The Kilgore College student newspaper, The Flare, has been named a Crown Finalist from Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York. Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from organization’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Also, Kilgore College students received 11 Gold Circle Awards from the institution, highlighting publications produced during the 2016-17 academic year. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging.… Read the rest of the article…

The Salvation Army, a Warm Shelter in Cold Times

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm

TYLER – The Salvation Army in Tyler has been kept busy this week because of the cold and the snow. The decrease of temperature brought an increase in those looking for shelter. The Center of Hope housed nearly 300 people the last few days. The soup kitchen’s community dinner served around 115 people a night. Anyone interested in helping The Salvation Army continue to provide a safe place for families during difficult times can go to http://www.salvationarmytyler.org and donate online. The shelter is also in need of bath towels, wash clothes, chapstick, scarfs and winter gloves and hats for children and adults.

An Award for Congressman Gohmert

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 2:34 pm

WASHINGTON – The Association of the United States Navy has awarded Tyler Congressman Louie Gohmert the “National Legislative Advocacy Award.” Each year the group presents the award to a member of the U.S. house and senate. According to a news release from the congressman’s office, the decision to give him the award was a unanimous decision among the group’s 20,000 members, an exceedingly rare occurrence. Besides an award for the congressman, his staff members who assist him in legislative issues over our military, Caralee Conklin and Sean Griffin, were awarded the “National Legislative Proponent Award” for the work they do daily with Veterans and the Armed Forces.

Tyler Police Adding Emergency Response Certification

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm

TYLER – Police officers are trained to to safeguard lives and property and to protect individuals in the communities they serve. Now, Tyler officers will get additional training in emergency medical care. The Tyler police Department is partnering with East Texas Medical Center and the Emergency Medical Responder certification program. This prepares officers to provide the initial lifesaving care for patients experiencing cardiac arrest, overdose and traumatic injury. These certified EMR officers can initiate such action as, using Automatic External Defibrillators, administering oxygen, utilizing blood glucometers, applying tourniquets and administering Narcan, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The training kicks off next Tuesday.

UT Tyler Online Nursing Program Among the Top in the Nation

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 12:49 pm

TYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler’s online graduate nursing program is one of the best country. In rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, the U-T Tyler program is tied for 5th place, out of 159 programs nationally. They tied with John Hopkins University, George Washington University and University of South Carolina. It was also the number 1 ranked Texas university as well, out of 13 appearing on the list. And, according to U.S. News data, UT Tyler is the No. 1 lowest cost program among the top 10 online nursing graduate programs. The magazine’s ranking methodology considers quality of student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

Rusk Prison Unit Hit Hard by the Flu

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

RUSK — No one in Texas is immune from the flu. That includes Texas prisons, with one East Texas unit feeling the effects. The prison system’s Jason Clark says officials are seeing outbreaks at the Hodge Unit in Rusk, which houses intellectually challenged inmates — as well as the Jester Four Prison in RIchmond. clark says those sickened are from different housing areas, “so that makes trying to restrict their movement more difficult. Officers are utilizing surgical masks and gloves whenever they’re going into those affected areas.” As of Wednesday 64 inmates in Hodge were ill and 18 in the Jester Four unit. Visitation was closed last weekend at both prisons. It’s not known yet if visitors will be welcomed this coming weekend.

Trinity Industries Fire Contained

Posted/updated on: January 19, 2018 at 6:20 am

HALLSVILLE — A Trinity Industries plant was evacuated Wednesday evening after a fire and explosion. According to the Longview News-Journal, all employees were were accounted for, said Jay Webb, spokesman with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, and it appeared there were no injuries. The fire at the plant, one of three in the area associated with Trinity’s TrinityRail subsidiary, produced smoke that was visible from Longview. Webb said the incident occurred near the paint shop area in the plant. The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. and was contained by about 7:00 p.m., but crews from multiple agencies remained on the scene just off U.S. 80 east of Longview into the evening.… Read the rest of the article…

A Tyler Temperature Record Tied

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 9:22 pm

TYLER – Morning low temperatures in the area on Wednesday hit the upper single digits to low teens. The National Weather Service records show Tyler had a low of 11 degrees. That equals the record low for January 17, set on that date in 1957. And the high of 32 Wednesday afternoon equaled the date’s record low maximum temperature for Tyler set on January 17th in 1930, 1953, and 1957. It has been at or below freezing in Tyler since 11:00 Monday night. This has been Tyler’s coldest period since December, 1989, went the temperature dropped to -2 degrees. Tyler’s coldest period ran from December 19th through the 29th in 1983. During that time there were 258 hours of sub-freezing temperatures. Tyler’s coldest day was on February 12, 1899 when the temperature bottomed out at -8 degrees.

Car Hits Building

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 8:40 pm

MARSHALL – A wreck in Marshall, where a car drove into a building, remains under investigation. It happened around 6:00 on Wednesday morning on West Grand Avenue near North Washington Avenue. Police public information officer Kelly Colvin said the car which was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions when the driver lost control of it. The car went airborne and crashed into a vacant building. The driver was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall with what are believed to be minor injuries. The building sustained major damage.

Filings Underway for Longview City Elections

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

LONGVIEW – Filing has begun for three spots on the Longview City Council. Filing started Wednesday and will run through February 16th, for mayor and council districts 1 and 2. Mayor Andy Mack (pictured) has filed for re-election. Mack was first elected to the post in 2015, succeeding Jay Dean, who had held the post for ten years. Filing for District 1 on opening day was incumbent councilman Ed Moore. Now retired, Moore was once Longview’s Assistant City Manager. No one filed for District 2 on opening day. The election is on Saturday, May 5th.

Mineola Fire Victim Identified

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm

MINEOLA – Investigators have identified a visitor from Mexico as the victim of a Mineola fire. Gerardo Valadez, 32, died in the fire at the Mineola Motor Lodge on West Broad Street. His body was sent to a Tyler lab for autopsy. Fire Marshal David Madsen said it was reported around 11:00 Monday night. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Elderly Woman’s Body Found in Smith County

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

LINDALE – The body of a missing Smith County woman has been found. Authorities had been looking for 83 year old Betty Freeman. She lived alone on County Road 4118 in the Lindale area. Her caretaker took her home around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon. The caretaker reported her missing when she went to her home around 10:00 Wednesday morning. About 2 1/2 hours later, her body was found about a mile from her house. She appears to have died from overexposure and foul play is not suspected.

Accused Killer Found Dead

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

IRVING (AP/STAFF) – A man accused of killing a Jacksonville woman in the metroplex, has been found dead. Investigators in Irving say Mark Leonard Kincer, 50, killed Susan Bufford Maleskey, 58, of Jacksonville, then traveled 350 miles to Monahans and took his own life. They say he had been facing eviction from a Dallas-area home for delinquent rent. An Irving police statement says no other suspects are being sought in theJanuary 11th slaying. Detectives identified Kincer as the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. He was found dead the next day of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Irving police didn’t immediately release additional information about the rent dispute.

Longview Burglary Suspect in Jail

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 2:10 pm

LONGVIEW – A Longview burglary suspect has been busted. In the Gregg County Jail is 49 year old Dalas Edward Skaggs of Logansport, Indiana. He was first picked up on East Marshall Avenue on an outstanding warrant. When he was arrested, officers found property belonging to a home on Stuckey Drive that was burglarized last week. He was also identified from surveillance video in the Stuckey Drive area. Officers say Skaggs confessed to the burglary. His bonds total $25,000 on charges of burglary of a habitation and possession of a controlled substance.

A Temperature Record for Tyler

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 8:11 pm

TYLER – National Weather Service records show Tyler’s snowfall total was 2 inches. The city also set a low maximum temperature for January 16th at 28 degrees. That was recorded at 12:01am. That beat the previous record low maximum temperature, which was 29 degrees on January 16, 2017.

Roadway Problems in Tyler

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm

TYLER — Tyler Police have had some roads where traffic had trouble with ice and snow on the road. City and TXDot sand trucks responded to problem areas when they become available. Now, with dropping temperatures overnight, the roads could turn back to ice and cause many problems for drivers. Even though the street may look clear you may be driving on black ice and easily lose control of your vehicle. City of Tyler road crews will continue to sand streets at the request of the police department. Your best bet, stay at home.… Read the rest of the article…

DPS Travel Advisory

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm

TYLER – The Department of Public Safety is continuing to strongly encourage people to not travel as many of the major roadways in the East Texas area are experiencing delays due to road conditions. If you must drive, remember to slow down and keep a larger distance than normal from other vehicles. Use extra caution when approaching elevated areas. Avoid using cruise control. During the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.

Road Problems in Longview

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm

LONGVIEW – Snowy and icy conditions closed some roads in Longview. At mid afternoon Tuesday, all of those roads have now reopened. As is the City’s normal protocol, public works crews will be distributing sand onto roadways with a priority given to bridges, intersections, and hills. However, roads are still icy, so please avoid driving in these conditions.

Thousands Lose Power in East Texas

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

EAST TEXAS — If you’re without power today, you’re far from alone. The electricity went off for thousands of East Texans as the winter blast blew through Monday night and Tuesday morning. The Wood County Electric Cooperative was reported among the utilities especially hard hit.

TxDOT Addressing Winter Weather in the Area

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm

TYLER – Texas Department of Transportation crews have been working to address icy weather conditions. Maintenance crews completed pre-treatment of various elevated structures around the Tyler District. They have also prepared their dump trucks and equipment to respond as weather conditions change. The crews will monitor roadways, increasing their activity as night falls and the chance for icy conditions move in. Crews will be working around the clock monitoring bridges, ramps and overpasses. Problems areas will be treated as warranted and in conjunction with law enforcement notifications. … Read the rest of the article…

One Dead in Mineola Fire

Posted/updated on: January 17, 2018 at 12:28 pm

MINEOLA – An investigation is underway into a fatal fire in Mineola. Fire Marshall David Madsen said it was reported around 11:00 Monday night at the Mineola Motor Lodge on West Broad Street. Initial reports are a Hispanic male was killed and his body has been sent to a Tyler lab for autopsy. His identity has not been released at this time. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Tyler Salvation Army Prepared for the Cold

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 11:19 am

TYLER – The Salvation Army is open and ready to serve any in need, following the cold front that brought snow to our doorstep Monday night. Currently, the Center of Hope is housing 132 people in need of shelter from the inclement weather. While many businesses are closed due to the weather, The Salvation Army’s doors remain wide open for any men, women or children in need of a warm place to stay. The soup kitchen is also open to the public for dinner tonight at 4:30 p.m. Anyone interested in helping The Salvation Army continue to provide a safe place for families during difficult times can go to http://www.salvationarmytyler.org to donate online. The shelter is also in need of bath towels, wash clothes, chapstick, scarfs and winter gloves and hats for children and adults

Winter Weather Closures, Delays, Changes

Posted/updated on: January 18, 2018 at 8:20 am

EAST TEXAS — Weather-related closings have been announced across East Texas. Please use this email address: closings@ktbb.com to send us your closings or delays. … Read the rest of the article…

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