TYLER – The new dean of the Tyler Junior College School of Professional and Technical Programs is Bryan Renfro. He assumes his new duties August 1st. As dean, Renfro will report to the provost and vice president for academic and student affairs. He will serve on the TJC Academic and Student Affairs Council and represent TJC at key meetings and events throughout the community. Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, says Renfro was selected following a national search, a thorough committee-review process, and extensive meetings with the college community. … Read More
TYLER — Tyler City Manager Ed Broussard presented his proposed 2015-16 budget to the City Council Wednesday morning, including a recommendation to increase the current tax rate of 22 cents to 23 cents per $100 valuation in order to fund street repair and maintenance projects. According to city news release, City Manager Ed Broussard says the hike “will create a new, sustainable source of revenue to repair cracks in our roadways.” He says that will ensure they don’t continue to erode and become more expensive reconstruction projects. The need for reinvestment in the City of Tyler’s aging infrastructure was the focus of this year’s State of the City event, where Mayor Martin Heines outlined the need for proactive street maintenance and spoke of upcoming challenges associated with water, wastewater, streets and drainage, according to the release.… Read More
TYLER — A Tyler bound flight flew back to D-F-W after the pilot couldn’t reach ground control Sunday night. KETK reports the American Eagle flight was scheduled to land at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport around 9:30 but left 45 minutes after it was scheduled to. The flight crew was unable to contact the air traffic control tower. The flight eventually did land in Tyler after midnight. According to Envoy Air, they did investigate a report of a lightning strike on the building, and they confirmed Tuesday that lightning did strike the station’s radio antenna.
PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Department has arrested a fourth person in connection with torture and death of a puppy in June. According to KETK, Ronnie Morrison, 21, of Palestine, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning for his involvement in the death of Remi, a young puppy that suffered severe burns. Two people remain at large: Romello Smith, 21, (pictured) and Andreas Hicks, 20. Warrants have been issued for both suspects. Detectives have previously identified Perla Miranda Fernandez, 20, Jasmine Warren, 18, and a female minor, all of Athens, as additional suspects in the incident. All three were arrested.… Read More
SMITH COUNTY — An autopsy has been scheduled for an elderly man who drowned Tuesday in Lake Tyler. According to KETK, the family identified the victim as Tom Rudd, 80. Rudd’s daughter, Niki Rudd Hunt, said his body was found by his caretaker Tuesday morning, who then alerted Rudd’s neighbor. Hunt said she believes her dad was checking on the newly painted boat house when the accident happened. He wanted everything perfect for his granddaughter’s wedding events. Hunt said she was told her father had head trauma, so it’s possible he could have hit his head when the accident happened. First responders were first called to Rudd’s home around 9:00 Tuesday. Investigators said the autopsy could take at least 24 hours.
LONGVIEW – Two persons are dead in a Longview shooting. It was reported shortly after 9:15 Tuesday morning on Timpson Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard. They have been identified as Joseph Acles, 22, and Quincy Williams, 21. It appears as if they died from gunshot wounds. The deaths would be the 5th and 6th homicides of the year in Longview.
LONGVIEW – A suspicious package at the post office at 4501 McCann Road in Longview caused a brief concern. Police and firemen were called to the scene because of a package that was popping and smoking. The Longview News Journal reports it turned out to be bang snaps or poppers, the small type of firework that makes a snapping or popping noise when thrown on the ground. Authorities contacted the shipper to learn what was in the package.
SMITH COUNTY — The family of a missing Tyler man has identified his body as the one found Monday by Smith County officials. On Saturday, Daniel Lampkin, 34, went missing around 9:30. Officials said he was mentally impaired and was last seen wearing all black clothes. On Monday, the family of Lampkin said his body was found on County Road 210 near Highway 64 East after Smith County sent out a search team on Sunday and Monday. Officials have not yet given a positive ID of the body. The body has been sent for autopsy.
SMITH COUNTY – A two vehicle wreck on Toll 49 near Highway 31, has killed one person and injured one. It happend around 4:15 Monday afternoon. Killed was Gerald Thomas Cagle, 64, of Hideway and injured was Amberly Poland, 21, of Grand Saline. The Department of Public Safety says Cagle was heading south when he hydroplaned on the wet road and crossed over to the north bound lane and hit Poland’s car head-on. Cagle, who was thrown from his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
LONGVIEW – A hit and run accident in Longview has left a bicyclist dead and a suspect in custody. The accident happend just before 9:00 Monday night on West Loop 281. Paul Price, 19, of White Oak was hit while traveling with the flow of traffic on his bike. He later died at a Longview hospital. Police say the bicycle did not have lights or reflectors as required at nighttime. Police were later called by Bryan Arnold, 49, of Longview who said he was involved in the accident. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to stop and render aid and and driving while his license was invalid.
TYLER (AP) – A judge says a former Texas death row inmate shouldn’t be formally declared innocent of murder even though his conviction has been overturned after a witness admitted lying on the stand. Kerry Max Cook was twice convicted in the 1977 slaying of Linda Jo Edwards in Tyler, about 100 miles east of Dallas. He was freed in 1999 after taking a deal to plead no contest, but has maintained his innocence. State District Judge Jack Carter agreed in June that Cook’s conviction should be set aside. But in an order issued Monday, Carter said there wasn’t enough evidence to say “unquestionably” that Cook did not kill Edwards. He said Cook should not be declared “actually innocent,” a distinction that would entitle Cook to millions in compensation for the wrongfully convicted.
MARSHALL -The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in locating a missing man. Kelly High, 37, was last seen at his residence on Farm Road 1793. Kelly has not been seen for about a week, ever since he resigned his job at Goodwill Industries in Marshall. If you know where he can be located, you are asked to contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.
TYLER – If you have a Smith County jury summons asking you to report for duty at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 26, you can disregard it. You won’t have to make the trip to the county courthouse with your yellow cards. No new panels will be needed on Tuesday, so the central jury panel is cancelled. However, if you have been asked to return for jury duty by a specific court, you must still report.
LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two suspected shoplifters. The two were shoplifting at Sears in the Longview Mall at 3500 McCann Road. They left in a maroon Chevrolet truck. If you can provided any information about them, contact Detective Doug Pickering at 903-237-1156 or Gregg County Crime stoppers at 903-236-7867. You can also submit tips online at greggcountycrimestoppers.org and reference case #16-12157.
LONGVIEW – A Longview man is going to prison after pleading guilty on Monday to murder. After pleading guilty, Christian Sibley, 22, of Longview, was sentenced to 33 years in prison by state District Judge David Brabham. He had been accused of the shooting death of 22 year old Jerrad Hunt. The shooting occurred in February of 2015. Police say Sibley shot Hunt during a struggle at a Longview gas station on Estes Parkway. Sibley claims he was defending himself during the fight and Hunt dropped the gun in his lap during the scuffle. He said, during a struggle over the firearm, it went off while in his lap. The victim died a few weeks later at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
HOUSTON (AP/STAFF) – We now know it’s a Gregg County woman involved in a controversial Houston rape case and lawsuit. The rape victim, with a history of mental illness, is suing Harris County saying she was wrongly jailed after testifying against her attacker. The Longview News Journal reports she is from Longview. Attorney Sean Buckley says his client has bipolar disorder and had a breakdown in December while testifying. She was committed to a hospital, discharged and then arrested as a material witness because of concern she would not return to the courtroom. A judge had her locked up until the trial resumed, even though she was not charged with a crime. … Read More
TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in TxDOT’s Tyler District during the Week of July 25. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure, or other unforeseen issues.
In Tyler, the US 271 closure has been rescheduled for July 28 – 31. US 271 will be closed from Oakwood Street to Spur 147 for pavement repairs. Motorists will have to use temporary detours to get around the closure. Message boards are in place to alert traffic to this upcoming change along the project limits. Additional project information is available in the Smith County section of this news release.… Read More
SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a man reported missing. Officials are searching for Daniel Lampkin, 34, of Tyler, reportedly missing since 9:30 Saturday night from 11100 Hwy 64 East. He’s said to be mentally handicapped, last seen wearing all black clothes with red and black shoes. If located, please contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600.
MARSHALL – Marshall police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving one of their cold cases. They are looking for any information related to the March 2010 murder of Dan Tatum. He was found lying on the shoulder of the road in the 1900 block of Tolivar Road. He died from gunshot wounds. A justice of the peace pronounced him dead about an hour and a half after Tatum was found.… Read More
TYLER – Residents of Anderson, Cherokee, Smith and Wood counties who had damage from the April storms, are eligible for disaster assistance. The deadline to register is this Friday. Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs, as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses.… Read More
TYLER — Tyler Police continue to ask for the public’s help in locating a possibly unresponsive infant. Officials said they received a 911 call Friday night from a business on south Vine stating that a black male holding an infant had run up to the tire shop and asked for help. The man then ran away with the infant knowing that police had been called. The caller stated that the man was acting strangely and that the infant’s eyes were rolled back. Officers were unable to locate the man or the baby. Just after midnight Saturday, Tyler Police were contacted by a female who stated that she had just made contact with a man in the area of Second and Lyons Street. Her description of the man matched who authorities were searching for.… Read More
RUSK COUNTY – Two people have been killed in a two vehicle accident. The Department of Public Safety reports the crash occurred just before 9:00 Friday morning on U.S. Highway 259, one mile north of Garrison. A preliminary crash investigation stated that a 2003 Mack truck towing a trailer loaded with logs was traveling southbound on US-59 in the outside lane behind a 2004 Ford F-150. The driver of the Ford was slowing to make a right turn on CR-3286. The driver of the Mack truck failed to control its speed, striking the rear of the Ford causing it to spin and leave the west side of the roadway. The Ford then came to rest in the ditch on the west side of US-59 facing northwest.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Over 50 hot air balloons are in Longview this weekend at the Great Texas Balloon Race. The pilots are in competition through Sunday. Saturday afternoon, the festival gates open at 4:00 at the East Texas Regional Airport. Patrons will enter through the LeTourneau Hanger on Highway 349. There will be a carnival midway and a kids’ zone, and, of course, the balloons. The special shape balloons will inflate at 8:15. At 8:50, it’s the popular and crowd-pleasing balloon glow. Go to http://www.greattexasballoonrace.com for more information.… Read More
VAN ZANDT COUNTY — Van Zandt County officials have confirmed they have recovered the body of a missing 2-year-old. He was identified as Abel Lunsford. According to KETK, the child had reportedly been missing since early Friday morning near the area of Van Zandt County Road 4614, east of Ben Wheeler. Constable Pat Jordan say the Sheriff’s office is handling the investigation.
MARSHALL – A Partnership has been announced between East Texas Baptist University and the Marshall School District. Marshall ISD employees will benefit from the union by being able to get a master’s degree at the university with a reduced cost in tuition. They will now be able to pursue graduate education at ETBU for professional development in curriculum and instruction, business administration, educational leadership, and counseling under the new partnership. … Read More
PALESTINE – A suspect is in custody in connection with a Palestine robbery. The robbery occurred around 8:00 Tuesday morning at the Blow Vapor Zone. Palestine detectives were able to identify the suspect and, with warrants in hand, they went to the suspects home on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Around 5:15 yesterday afternoon, they arrested 24 year old Cameron Dewayne Shead. According to the department’s Facebook page, Shead was charged with aggravated robbery and his bond was set at $50,000.… Read More
AUSTIN – The state’s unemployment rate went up slightly in June. It did the same in Tyler and Longview. The state’s unemployment rate last month was placed at 4.5%. It was 4.4% in May. But it’s till below the nationwide jobless rate in June of 4.9%. In Tyler, The June unemployment figure was 4.8%, up from 4.1% in May. Longview’s jobless rate went from 5.5% in May to 6.5% last month. But, another way to look at the job picture last month, 95.2% of of Tyler’s civilian labor force had jobs.… Read More