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Smith County Fire Marshal to Oversee Animal Control Program

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Effective with the new 2015 fiscal year, which starts today, the Smith County Fire Marshal’s office will take responsibility over the animal control program, which had previously been the charge of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office will still be responsible for the Livestock Estray program, which includes horses, donkeys, and other livestock. For questions or comments regarding the animal control program, please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 903-590-2652 during business hours, or 903-566-6600 after 5:00pm on weekdays, during weekends and on holidays.

Harrison County Leads State in Drought Index

thumb_droughtMARSHALL — An East Texas county achieves a dubious distinction. Harrison County has been under an outdoor burn ban for several weeks — and County Judge Hugh Taylor says at the current time, its drought index is the highest in Texas. According to the judge, “Where we enter a burn ban generally at 575 on the KBDI (Keetch-Byram Drought Index), the entire county far exceeds 600 — and 25 per cent of the county actually exceeds 700. The highest number on the index is 800.” Taylor said the reason other regions of the state have seen their index numbers on the KBDI go down has to do with tropical moisture that fell across West Texas, North Texas, and Central Texas recently, but missed East Texas completely.

Kilgore PD Seeks Assault Suspect

wantedsuspectballkpdKILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating Amanda Breanne Ball, 23. KETK reports she’s wanted out of Gregg County on an assault charge. Authorities have given the suspect a chance to turn herself in, but she has refused, according to police. The suspect lives off Stone Road in Kilgore. Tipsters can call police at 903-983-1559, Gregg County at 903-236-8400, or Crime Stoppers directly at 903-236-STOP.

GoBus Fare Increases Now in Place

178KILGORE — Fare increases for the East Texas Council of Governments’ GoBus service are in effect beginning today. According to an ETCOG news release, on September 4th, the ETCOG Executive Committee considered the report on staff results from a two-month public hearing process and approved an increase in GoBus fares. The then-current rate of $2.00 per trip within a county and $5.00 per trip across counties had not been increased since 1997 when the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.25. Read the rest of this entry »

UT Tyler Professor Recognized for Research

Vance VaughnTYLER — Dr. Vance Vaughn has been named “Researcher of the Year” by the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, Dr. Wesley Hickey, College of Education and Psychology interim dean, announced. A UT Tyler alumnus, Vaughn serves as an associate professor of educational leadership within the university’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where he teaches in the principal and superintendent programs. He was recognized during a council ceremony on Sept. 26 in Dallas. Read the rest of this entry »

Arrests Made in Recent Thefts

larrywheelermug2TYLER — Officials say the Smith County Sheriff’s Office has arrested several suspects in recent thefts. The first such arrest occurred Sunday evening in northeastern Smith County. At approximately 8:40 p.m., SCSO Dispatch received a call from a night security guard regarding a burglary in progress at a scrap yard in the 10300 block of County Road 383. Within ten minutes, patrol deputies arrived on scene to find a suspect running out of the woods near the location. The suspect was immediately taken into custody, and deputies say they found several items from the scrap yard in the woods from which the suspect came. Read the rest of this entry »

Police: Missing Kilgore Woman Possibly Raped

christina_davison_from_lnjKILGORE — A Kilgore woman missing since spring may have been sexually assaulted by several men, a court document suggests. That’s according to the Longview News-Journal. A digital storage device given to authorities by an informant was said to contain images and video showing Christina Rea Davison, 43, “being sexually assaulted by more than one person,” according to a search warrant filed in the 124th District Court. Investigators filed the warrant to receive the court’s permission to view the contents of the device, a flash drive, which was received from an informant who suggested it contained such video and photographs. The informant, who was not identified, later committed suicide, investigators said. investigators said. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Shot by Police Goes on Trial

DocumentFragment_4120708GREGG COUNTY — The trial is underway for a man who was shot after officers responded to calls that an armed man was threatening people. According to the Longview News-Journal, Shaun Antonio Thompson, 27, Longview, was shot three times by police on Aug. 12, 2013. Officers said the armed man had made threatening movements toward them. He was treated at a local hospital before being taken to the Gregg County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant. He has been jailed since then under $50,000 bond. Thompson faces from five years to life in prison, plus a maximum fine of $10,000, if convicted.

Student Arrested after Allegedly Making Online Threats

Christopher JonesLONGVIEW — Longview police say a Pine Tree High School senior has been arrested for making terroristic threats online. Released on a $10,000 bond was Christopher Jones, 17. The arrest report says the FBI contacted Longview police early Monday morning with information that the student had made threats to carry out a violent act at the high school. Longview Police, working together with the FBI, were able to locate the Jones, who allegedly made the threats prior to his arrival at the school. The suspect was taken into custody for the felony 3 offense of terroristic threat and was booked into the Gregg County Jail without further incident. Read the rest of this entry »

Police: Medication Drop Off Successful

medication drop offTYLER — Once again the expired Medication Drop Off event held Saturday at a Tyler CVS Pharmacy was a great success, according to authorities. The Tyler Police Department along with DEA received 22 full boxes of expired medication totaling 444 pounds, according to a police news release. The Police Department joined the pharmacy and the DEA in hosting the event. Residents were encouraged just to drive up and drop off unused and expired medications for safe disposal without getting out of their vehicles — “no questions asked.” According to police, it is important to clean out your medicine cabinet, especially if you have children. They say that young children may confuse a medication with something to eat or drink, and that keeping unneeded medications with teenagers can lead to potential drug abuse.

Mother Frances Gets Nod for Orthopedic Program

thumb_MotherFrances-sign-2TYLER – Mother Frances Hospital has been included in Becker’s Hospital Review’s recently published 2014 edition of “125 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Orthopedic Programs.” According to Mother Frances news release, the list is based on hospitals’ accolades, quality of care, and services provided to their patient populations. “We are incredibly pleased to again be included in this prestigious list of hospitals who are distinguished nationally for their quality of care, service and skill,” said John McGreevy, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler. “This recognition is a strong example of the tireless effort and energy given by each member of the Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics team to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality orthopedic healthcare available.” Read the rest of this entry »

Enterovirus Detected in East Texas

EAST TEXAS — The Enterovirus has been detected in East Texas. According to the Texas Department of Health, a child in Anderson County tested positive for the virus. Children with the virus often show cold like symptoms but the virus can swell the air passages, making it difficult and painful to breathe. KETK reports that parents are advised to talk to your pediatrician for advice on how to protect your children.

Attendance Increased at East Texas State Fair

East Texas Fair LogoTYLER (AP) – Organizers of the East Texas State Fair in Tyler estimate attendance has increased 25 to 30% this year. Event President John Sykes tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph that great weather boosted the turnout to the 99th event. He estimated there were 200,000 attendees but said some people from Sunday hadn’t been counted yet. Sunday was the final day of the event, which started Sept. 19. The fair was closed for two days in 2013 because of rain. It features shows, live music, art exhibits and carnival rides.

Tyler Service Station Fire

tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER – A Tyler service station has reopened following a fire. It was reported around 12:30 Sunday afternoon at the Exxon station on Loop 323 at Commerce Street. It started when a woman drove off with gas hose still in her car’s gas tank. The fire started when the pump was pulled down. The owner of the station was able to shut off the pump before the fire spread to the building. No injuries were reported.

Work Planned on a Section of Toll 49

Loop 49TYLER — Drivers who use Toll 49 should plan for delays this week of September 29th. The west side of the toll road north of the intersection of State Highway 64 through the intersection with I-20 will experience lane closures while preventive maintenance is performed. There will be one lane open at all times and work will be performed on the road during the day, during non-peak hours. Additionally, Toll 49 will be closed between State Highway 155 and Old Jacksonville Road from sunset to sunrise between Sunday, September 28th and sunrise on Friday October 3rd for gantry upgrades. Please allow extra time and make adjustments to your travel plans accordingly.

TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT sign TYLER – Here’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the Weeks of September 29 and October 6. Please be advised that this is a schedule of work being planned but it is subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforeseen issues.

SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Smith County are starting the day off Monday conducting milling operations on Spur 248 at Loop 323. Crews will then continue milling operations on State Highway 155 North from Winona to the County Line. Expect daytime lane closures, slow down and be prepared to merge in and around work zones. Read the rest of this entry »

Wreck Near Hawkins Kills One

DPS door signHAWKINS– A two vehicle accident in Wood County has left one person dead and two injured. The head on collision around 6:30 Saturday morning occurred on Farm Road 14 near Hawkins. Killed was Christopher Benson, 48, of Hawkins. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle, Mark Thomas Jr., 22, of Tyler, and Jerry Summerville, 31, of Winona, are hospitalized in stable condition. According to the Department of Public Safety, Benson was south bound when his car crossed over to the north bound lane and hit the other vehicle.

Smith County Mobile Home Fire

fire imageTYLER – A mobile home west of Tyler has been destroyed by fire. It was reported Saturday evening on Airline Avenue near Pounds Field Regional Airport. Residents of the mobile home were not injured, but a firefighter suffered a minor knee injury when he fell through a floor. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Longview Shoplifter Facing Variety of Charges

Christy Ann GaucinLONGVIEW – A Longview woman has been arrested on shoplifting charges. It turns out she is also wanted in two Northeast Texas counties. Arrested at Wal-Mart in Longview was Christy Ann Gaucin, 37. She is also wanted for forgery in Morris County and theft in Titus County. She remains in the Gregg County Jail.

Enterovirus D-68 Found in East Texas

Enterovirus D-68AUSTIN — The first case of Enterovirus D-68 has been reported in East Texas. The Texas Department of Health reports out of the 34 patient samples tested in North Texas nine came back positive, one of those being a 9 year old child from Anderson County. KETK reports the nine cases were among Texas residents treated at Dallas hospitals for respiratory illnesses between late July and early September. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Man Accused of Attacking Ex-Fiance

Ryan Alan Pease IILONGVIEW – A Gregg County man has been arrested after Longview police say he choked and beat up his ex-fiance. Placed in the Gregg County Jail under a $50,000 bond was Ryan Alan Pease II, 29, of Longview. The complaint is assault against a family member by impeding breath or strangulation. According to KETK, Pease’s ex-fiance called him a “liar” during an argument over a cell phone. Police say that’s when Pease choked the woman until she became dizzy, and then he threw her into a closet. Police also say Pease slammed the woman’s head into a wall, hit her in the mouth and choked her again.

Longview Man Arrested in Smith County Case

Troy Allyn McClainLONGVIEW – A Longview man has been arrested after being indicted in Smith County for aggravated assault. Taken into custody was Troy Allyn McClain, 18. He was indicted by a Smith County grand jury. He was arrested in the 400 block of East Marshall Avenue. KETK reports he was named in the arrest warrant because he had been accused of cutting a man with glass in May of this year. He is being held in the Gregg county jail under a $225,000 bond.

Man Accused of Attacking Ex-Fiance

Ryan Alan Pease IILONGVIEW – A Gregg County man has been arrested after Longview police say he choked and beat up his ex-fiance. Placed in the Gregg County Jail under a $50,000 bond was Ryan Alan Pease II, 29, of Longview. The complaint is assault against a family member by impeding breath or strangulation. According to KETK, Pease’s ex-fiance called him a “liar” during an argument over a cell phone. Police say that’s when Pease choked the woman until she became dizzy, and then he threw her into a closet. Police also say Pease slammed the woman’s head into a wall, hit her in the mouth and choked her again.

Lindale ISD Approves Campus Resource Officer

LINDALE — The Lindale ISD school board has approved a $193,464.00 contract with the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office to carry the commissions of three school resource officers. The officers’ commissions are currently carried by Smith County Constable, Pct. 5, but that contract will expire soon. “I am glad that we could find a solution that will allow Lindale ISD to continue providing uninterrupted security for its campuses,” Pct. 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips said. “The most important thing in this situation is the safety of the students, faculty, and staff at Lindale ISD.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Business Robbed

police lightsTYLER – Tyler police continue looking for the armed man who robbed the Family Dollar Store at 1401 East Gentry Parkway around 8:30 Thursday night. Witnesses say the suspect entered the business through the front door and immediately displayed a handgun while demand money from the clerk. After taking an undetermined amount of cash the suspect fired a single round inside the business and then fled. No one was injured. A search of the area turned up no trace of the suspect. He was described as a black male, 5’9″ to 6’0″ tall, 200 to 220 pounds and wearing a black shirt, a yellow raincoat, blue jeans, and a dark colored cloth mask. The suspect matches the description of the man who robbed the Dollar Store at 1527 WNW Loop 323 Monday night.

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