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Disaster Declaration Issued for Smith County

DAMAGE1_1461982234599_8348573_ver1.0SMITH COUNTY — Significant damage has been reported in the Lindale area following a tornado touchdown. At least one business received heavy damage. According to KETK, Hibbett Sports on Main Street was destroyed. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says several injuries have been reported, but fallen tree limbs and power lines are slowing first responders from reaching some areas. A trained storm spotter saw a tornado near Lindale shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. Smith County Judge Joel Baker issued a disaster declaration late Friday night. A press conference will be held at the central fire station at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Two ETBU Students Drown

East Texas Baptist University3MARSHALL – Two freshman football players at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall have drowned. They are identified as Darrian “D.J.” McClintock, 20, of Spring, Texas and Norvontre “Trey” Harrison, 19, of Shreveport, Louisiana. The drowning occurred around 3:00 Thursday afternoon in a popular swimming area known locally as the “clay pits.” School President Blair Blackburn said at a news conference witnesses say one of the students was having trouble swimming and the other student went to their aid. But both drowned. Their bodies were recovered around 5:30 Thursday afternoon. … Read More

Officials Capture Escaped East Texas Inmate

Jay Scott McEversCANTON — An escapee in Van Zandt County is back in custody. Jay Scott McEvers, 46, escaped the Van Zandt County Detention Center around 8:00 Wednesday night. He was jailed on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon and also has a previous arrest for armed bank robbery. His mother, Carolyn McEvers and his girlfriend Cynthia Heese, were also arrested. McEvers was arrested on Van Zandt County Road 3418 after he believed he was having vehicle trouble with the second vehicle he stole after the escape.… Read More

Woman Arrested Following Longview Hit and Run

Wendy Lee EdneyLONGVIEW — A Longview woman is free on bond after her arrest following a hit and run accident. Free on a $10,500 bond is Wendy Lee Edney, 40. She was arrested following the Wednesday afternoon accident at the intersection of North Eastman Road and Hawkins Parkway. The Longview News Journal reports the other driver involved in the wreck is said to have followed Edney to her Tryon Road home where authorities arrested her. Police say, not only did the woman have two daughters ages 7 and 11 in her car at the time of the wreck, her blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

ETMC Tyler Now in Network With United Healthcare

ETMC-hospital-signTYLER — Tyler’s East Texas Medical Center will be an in-network provider for all UnitedHealthcare plans starting May 1st. The president/CEO of ETMC Regional Healthcare System, Elmer Ellis, said they are “very pleased that their plan members can now choose ETMC Tyler for their healthcare needs.” The insurer and hospital system finalized this week new provider agreements.

Jacksonville’s Police Chief Steps Down

Reece DanielThe Jacksonville police chief, who came under fire for what residents are calling offensive Facebook posts, has resigned. A news release from the city of Jacksonville, released shortly after noon on Thursday, said Chief Reece Daniel’s resignation is effective immediately. Until a replacement is hired, assistant police chief Captain Daniel Franklin will serve as interim police chief. Daniel came under fire for messages he posted on Facebook, calling out politicians and residents. The city attorney’s office had even been investigating to see whether any of the activity occurred on the city’s time.… Read More

Jacksonville Police Chief Criticized over Facebook Posts

police-1JACKSONVILLE — THE Jacksonville police chief is under fire for what residents are calling offensive Facebook posts. KETK reports Reece Daniel posted messages on his Facebook calling out politicans and residents. He said, “By the way dummies, your name shows up even when you post anonymously.” He was referring to an app called “See-Click-Fix” that allows residents to share concerns about the city. City Attorney Joe Angle says his office is looking into the case. According to Angle, “Things that people say on their own time on their own computers may be things that you or I wish they hadn’t said, but they are entitled to their own freedoms under the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The city attorney’s office is investigating whether any of the activity occurred on the city’s time.

Longview Teen Sought

Tyler HintonLONGVIEW — Emergency agencies in Longview are looking for a missing teenager. She is 15 year old Tyler Hinton. According to the police department’s Face Book page, she was last seen in Longview on January 18th. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says she may have traveled to Dallas. She is a black female with brown eyes and black hair. She is 5’5″ tall and weighs around 120 pounds. You are encouraged to contact area law enforcement agencies if you know where she can be found.

Three Named in Federal Indictments

jail-cellLONGVIEW — Thee Longview men, already in trouble with the law, now have more legal problems. The men have been named in federal indictments for a variety of crimes. Jimmy Lee Mays,aka “Poochie,” 23, is charged charged with felon in possession of a firearm. Trevorris Rashomique Woodard, aka “B-1”, 28, is accused of drug crimes and felon in possession of a firearm. And Charles McNeary, 19, faces drug and firearm charges. And federal authorities didn’t have trouble locating them. The three were already in the Gregg County Jail.

Food Bank Launches Expansion Campaign

thTYLER – The East Texas Food Bank this week launched its “More Space. More Meals.” expansion campaign. Executive Director Dennis Cullinane says the effort includes the construction of a new Volunteer and Nutrition Education Center, expanding the Cold Dock area of the warehouse, and renovating some of the existing warehouse areas. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017. … Read More

East Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

bRYANJEANES_1461851848042_8318328_ver1.0WOOD COUNTY — An East Texas judge was arrested Thursday morning for driving while intoxicated. According to KETK, Wood County Judge Bryan Jeanes was arrested by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and his bond was set at $5,000. He was released Thursday morning on a personal recognizance bond. Jeanes was re-elected without opposition in 2014 for a term that expires December 31, 2018.

Rusk A.D. Arrested

Lloyd Keel-jail photoRUSK — The Athletic Director for the Rusk School District has been arrested. Lloyd Homer Keel II was arrested after his wife filed a complaint against him. She accused Keel of assault her last Friday. It was said to have occurred at the couple’s home in the 400 block of East 5th Street. KETK reports Keel was arrested Wednesday on two warrants for assault family violence. The case against the 40 year old Keel, who began work in Rusk earlier this year, will be forwarded to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office.

Work Toward a Tyler Conference Center

Tyler-welcomeTYLER — The Tyler City Council voted unanimously to accept a letter of intent from Champ Hospitality to continue work to bring a conference center to the Rose City. A conference center would be attached to a privately owned hotel in the city. Champ Hospitality will seek private funding to develop the hotel portion of the project. Mayor Martin Heines said the hotel-conference center is a public-private partnership, with the city primarily funding the conference center and private investment constructing the hotel. The conference center would be located on city-owned property next to the new Village at Cumberland Park retail development at Broadway and Loop 49.… Read More

Judge Sets $1,500 Bond in Johnny Manziel Assault Case

JohnnyManzielDALLAS (AP/Staff) – A Dallas judge has set a $1,500 bond for Tyler native and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in his misdemeanor domestic assault case. Manziel’s attorney, Robert Hinton, said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback is expected to turn himself in for booking next week, though no date has been set. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted by a grand jury this week after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January. She alleged she was hit so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear. Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Manziel has been dropped by two agents and his endorsers.

K9 Shooting Suspect Indicted on Six Counts

Koch, mTYLER — A Smith County grand jury has returned a 6-count indictment on 36-year-old Michael Koch following an incident in which he allegedly shot a police dog to death. The indictment lists evading arrest, interference with service animal, felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and theft. Officials say several of the charges have been enhanced due to his prior criminal record. Koch remains in the Smith County Jail awaiting trial. K9 Ogar was fatally shot following a traffic stop on January 19, after which Koch allegedly fled on foot.… Read More

Rotarians Making Headway with New Dog Park

thTYLER — Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Tyler are pleased with progress on the Sunrise Paw Park. KETK reports the park will be the first dog park of its kind in the area. THere will be no need to bring a leash, because there will be plenty of room to run around. Separate fenced-in areas will be available for different sized dogs. The club hopes to be open this summer, but it’s still seeking donations.

Authorities Seek Driver in High-Speed Chase

police-9EAST TEXAS — Multiple law enforcement officials are searching for the person involved in a multi-county high speed chase Tuesday. KETK reports the chase started in Hunt County and ended in northeast Smith County. The Smith County Sheriff’s office says the driver of a motorcycle, wanted out of Hunt County, had been seen in the area. Officers chased the person on FM 14 but lost the motorcyclist on Interstate 20. Speeds reportedly reached more than 100 miles an hour.

Tyler Officials: Test Results for Water Quality Remain Compliant

thTYLER — Tyler Water Utilities continues to improve drinking water quality, as testing results from ongoing monitoring show, according to a news release from the city. Officials say the latest readings from all eight sampling sites are 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 last October, Mayor Martin Heines requested a third party evaluation of Tyler Water Utilities and its water treatment processes. Enprotec/Hibbs &Todd, Inc. (eHT) was hired by the City manager to conduct this review.… Read More

Tyler Police Host Medication Drop Off

police-tyler-car3TYLER — Tyler Police have announced a medication drop off event Saturday at Brookshire’s on Rice Road from 10:00 a.m. will 2:00 p.m. They will be hosting, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Brookshire’s. Officials said anyone interested can just drive-up and drop off your unused and expired medications for safe disposal without getting out of your vehicle, “No questions asked.” The event is free and allows people the opportunity to turn in unused and expired medications.… Read More

East Texas Football Great Dead at 74

WinstonHillJets_1461762222619_8296957_ver1.0EAST TEXAS — Gladewater native Winston Hill passed away Tuesday night at his home in Denver. He was 74. KETK reports, Hill, a four-time AFL All-Star and four-time Pro Bowler with the New York Jets was responsible for protecting quarterback Joe Namath during the Jets’ 1968-1969 Super Bowl season. Hill spent 13 seasons with the Jets and one with the Los Angeles Rams. Hill attended Weldon High School in Gladewater, prior to integration.… Read More

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near SFA

matthewerrick_1461681270529_8276597_ver1.0NACOGDOCHES — Stephen F. Austin campus police arrested a man Monday night in connection with an armed robbery at a Nacogdoches usiness. According to KETK, around 11:30, a man dressed in all black entered a gas a station at University and Austin Street and pointed a handgun at the clerk. The robber was then able to make it out of the store with an undisclosed amount of money. Not long after the incident, a SFA officer stopped a man matching the robber’s description. A search of the man turned up cash matching what the clerk had described. Errick Chandler Matthews, 26, Nacogdoches, has been charged with aggravated robbery. He was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

TVCC President Suspended

Glendon ForgeyATHENS — The president of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Glendon Forgey, has been suspended. The action came during a board of trustees meeting Monday night. Details are sketchy. School trustees did not say what the problem was, only that Forgey was suspended with pay pending an investigation into his contract. The board was said to have been at odds with the president over the length of the contract. Also, there was no word on who would be assuming Forgey’s duties while he is on suspension.

Teen Busted Following Lengthy Chase

Douglas RichardLUFKIN — A three county chase has resulted in the arrest an East Texas teenager. It started with a report of a car speeding through a Lufkin neighborhood. When an officer tried to stop the car, the driver sped off. The pursuit went for 27 miles at speeds up to 120 miles an hour. The driver, 18 year old Douglas Richard, finally stopped on Farm Road 1277 in San Augustine County, and was taken into custody. The arresting officer said, when he asked Richard why he ran, his response was, “it was fun.” He also said his registration was out and he had no insurance.… Read More

Nacogdoches Man Busted for Drugs

Travis BaileyNACOGDOCHES — A traffic stop has turned into a drug bust in Nacogdoches County. It happened around 11:45 Monday night. A sheriff’s deputy stopped an SUV for a traffic violation on County Road 525. The driver, who appeared nervous, gave permission to search his vehicle. That led to the discovery of 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 8 grams of cocaine and Xanax pills. Street value of the drugs was placed at $4,500. Charged with two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, was 30 year old Travis Bailey of Nacogdoches.

A Quiet Zone in Downtown Palestine

rainroad crossingPALESTINE — Downtown Palestine will soon be a little quieter. The Palestine City Council has approved an engineering agreement with CTC, Inc. to create a quiet zone near the downtown area. The company will work with Union Pacific and the Federal Railroad Administration to create the zone on South Magnolia and South Sycamore Streets. It will limit the amount of train horns blowing through downtown Palestine. In the quiet zone, residents could still hear train horns. Federal law dictates when train engineers may sound the horn. Palestine’s quiet zone will be one of over 100 quiet zones in Texas, the most of any state in the country. Work on the zone will begin immediately.… Read More

Victim’s Granddaughter Reacts to Tiede Resentencing

BernieLNJ_1445431514032_5258418_ver1.0CARTHAGE — Advice from the granddaughter of the woman murdered by infamous East Texas killer Bernie Tiede. Tiede was resentenced to life Friday night after being released two years ago. His victim was 81 year Carthage widow Marjorie Nugent. He was a mortician, and they met when her husband died — after which they became inseparable. Her granddaughter, Shanna Nugent, says, “We have to protect the weakest members of our society, and I think widowhood is one of those real weak moments for women and men who lose their life partners.” Prosecutors showed during the resentencing trial that Tiede spent a lot of Nugent’s money after he killed her. She says she hopes the trial will “destroy the myth” created by the 2011 Jack Black movie “Bernie.”

Johnny Manziel Indicted in Alleged Attack on Ex-Girlfriend

JohnnyManziel3DALLAS (AP/Staff) – A Dallas County grand jury has indicted ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence. The Tyler native, Heisman Trophy winner, and former Texas A&M star was indicted Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence. The Class A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, told Dallas police that Manziel repeatedly hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley alleged that Manziel accosted her several times at a Dallas hotel and later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. The Cleveland Browns cut Manziel in March, and two agents and all of his endorsers have dropped him.

Details Released in Double Murder

3mugs_1461622602471_8272634_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Affidavits released Monday from the Gregg County District Clerk’s office indicate the execution-style shooting deaths of two men in Longview last month resulted from the theft of illegal drugs by the eventual victims. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, the information was among a number of new details revealed about the deaths of Kevin Lorenzo Stephenson and Dekeilen Joe Nelson. Police have charged 50-year-old Craig Deallen Davison, 36-year-old Dustin Charles Bennett, and 19-year-old Patricia Francine Baker with capital murder. They are each being held on $2 million bond in the Gregg County Jail. Davison and Baker, both of Hallsville, were transported to the Gregg County Jail on Monday. They were held over the weekend at the Harrison County Jail in Marshall. Bennett is from Longview.… Read More

Gregg County Murder Trial Delayed till June

CHRISTIANSIBLEYMUG4_1455819162492_7066913_ver1.0GREGG COUNTY — An East Texas man’s trial for a 2015 fatal shooting has been delayed until June 27 at 9 a.m. According to KETK, the trial of Christian Sibley, 22, had been scheduled for Monday morning in the 188th Gregg County District Court. He is charged with murder. In February of 2015, Longview police responded to a shooting at an Exxon gas station on Estes Parkway. While at the scene of the shooting, Jerrad Hunt, 22, showed up at a Longview hospital with a gunshot wound. Hunt died from his injuries 20 days after the incident. Sibley was arrested on February 27, 2015 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting of Hunt. He posted bail on Monday, March 2, 2015.… Read More

Missing Persons Alert Cancelled

Tamesha Leann Johnson
LUFKIN — A missing woman sought by the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department has been located. Last week they requested the community’s assistance in locating Tamesha Leann Johnson, 36. Monday, in canceling the alert, the sheriff’s department says she has been located and returned to her family. They released no further details.

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Disaster Declaration Issued for Smith County

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm

DAMAGE1_1461982234599_8348573_ver1.0SMITH COUNTY — Significant damage has been reported in the Lindale area following a tornado touchdown. At least one business received heavy damage. According to KETK, Hibbett Sports on Main Street was destroyed. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says several injuries have been reported, but fallen tree limbs and power lines are slowing first responders from reaching some areas. A trained storm spotter saw a tornado near Lindale shortly before 6 p.m. Friday. Smith County Judge Joel Baker issued a disaster declaration late Friday night. A press conference will be held at the central fire station at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Two ETBU Students Drown

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 9:51 pm

East Texas Baptist University3MARSHALL – Two freshman football players at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall have drowned. They are identified as Darrian “D.J.” McClintock, 20, of Spring, Texas and Norvontre “Trey” Harrison, 19, of Shreveport, Louisiana. The drowning occurred around 3:00 Thursday afternoon in a popular swimming area known locally as the “clay pits.” School President Blair Blackburn said at a news conference witnesses say one of the students was having trouble swimming and the other student went to their aid. But both drowned. Their bodies were recovered around 5:30 Thursday afternoon. … Read More

Officials Capture Escaped East Texas Inmate

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Jay Scott McEversCANTON — An escapee in Van Zandt County is back in custody. Jay Scott McEvers, 46, escaped the Van Zandt County Detention Center around 8:00 Wednesday night. He was jailed on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon and also has a previous arrest for armed bank robbery. His mother, Carolyn McEvers and his girlfriend Cynthia Heese, were also arrested. McEvers was arrested on Van Zandt County Road 3418 after he believed he was having vehicle trouble with the second vehicle he stole after the escape.… Read More

Woman Arrested Following Longview Hit and Run

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Wendy Lee EdneyLONGVIEW — A Longview woman is free on bond after her arrest following a hit and run accident. Free on a $10,500 bond is Wendy Lee Edney, 40. She was arrested following the Wednesday afternoon accident at the intersection of North Eastman Road and Hawkins Parkway. The Longview News Journal reports the other driver involved in the wreck is said to have followed Edney to her Tryon Road home where authorities arrested her. Police say, not only did the woman have two daughters ages 7 and 11 in her car at the time of the wreck, her blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

ETMC Tyler Now in Network With United Healthcare

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

ETMC-hospital-signTYLER — Tyler’s East Texas Medical Center will be an in-network provider for all UnitedHealthcare plans starting May 1st. The president/CEO of ETMC Regional Healthcare System, Elmer Ellis, said they are “very pleased that their plan members can now choose ETMC Tyler for their healthcare needs.” The insurer and hospital system finalized this week new provider agreements.

Jacksonville’s Police Chief Steps Down

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Reece DanielThe Jacksonville police chief, who came under fire for what residents are calling offensive Facebook posts, has resigned. A news release from the city of Jacksonville, released shortly after noon on Thursday, said Chief Reece Daniel’s resignation is effective immediately. Until a replacement is hired, assistant police chief Captain Daniel Franklin will serve as interim police chief. Daniel came under fire for messages he posted on Facebook, calling out politicians and residents. The city attorney’s office had even been investigating to see whether any of the activity occurred on the city’s time.… Read More

Jacksonville Police Chief Criticized over Facebook Posts

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

police-1JACKSONVILLE — THE Jacksonville police chief is under fire for what residents are calling offensive Facebook posts. KETK reports Reece Daniel posted messages on his Facebook calling out politicans and residents. He said, “By the way dummies, your name shows up even when you post anonymously.” He was referring to an app called “See-Click-Fix” that allows residents to share concerns about the city. City Attorney Joe Angle says his office is looking into the case. According to Angle, “Things that people say on their own time on their own computers may be things that you or I wish they hadn’t said, but they are entitled to their own freedoms under the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The city attorney’s office is investigating whether any of the activity occurred on the city’s time.

Longview Teen Sought

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Tyler HintonLONGVIEW — Emergency agencies in Longview are looking for a missing teenager. She is 15 year old Tyler Hinton. According to the police department’s Face Book page, she was last seen in Longview on January 18th. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says she may have traveled to Dallas. She is a black female with brown eyes and black hair. She is 5’5″ tall and weighs around 120 pounds. You are encouraged to contact area law enforcement agencies if you know where she can be found.

Three Named in Federal Indictments

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

jail-cellLONGVIEW — Thee Longview men, already in trouble with the law, now have more legal problems. The men have been named in federal indictments for a variety of crimes. Jimmy Lee Mays,aka “Poochie,” 23, is charged charged with felon in possession of a firearm. Trevorris Rashomique Woodard, aka “B-1”, 28, is accused of drug crimes and felon in possession of a firearm. And Charles McNeary, 19, faces drug and firearm charges. And federal authorities didn’t have trouble locating them. The three were already in the Gregg County Jail.

Food Bank Launches Expansion Campaign

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

thTYLER – The East Texas Food Bank this week launched its “More Space. More Meals.” expansion campaign. Executive Director Dennis Cullinane says the effort includes the construction of a new Volunteer and Nutrition Education Center, expanding the Cold Dock area of the warehouse, and renovating some of the existing warehouse areas. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017. … Read More

East Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

Posted/updated on: April 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

bRYANJEANES_1461851848042_8318328_ver1.0WOOD COUNTY — An East Texas judge was arrested Thursday morning for driving while intoxicated. According to KETK, Wood County Judge Bryan Jeanes was arrested by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and his bond was set at $5,000. He was released Thursday morning on a personal recognizance bond. Jeanes was re-elected without opposition in 2014 for a term that expires December 31, 2018.

Rusk A.D. Arrested

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Lloyd Keel-jail photoRUSK — The Athletic Director for the Rusk School District has been arrested. Lloyd Homer Keel II was arrested after his wife filed a complaint against him. She accused Keel of assault her last Friday. It was said to have occurred at the couple’s home in the 400 block of East 5th Street. KETK reports Keel was arrested Wednesday on two warrants for assault family violence. The case against the 40 year old Keel, who began work in Rusk earlier this year, will be forwarded to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office.

Work Toward a Tyler Conference Center

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Tyler-welcomeTYLER — The Tyler City Council voted unanimously to accept a letter of intent from Champ Hospitality to continue work to bring a conference center to the Rose City. A conference center would be attached to a privately owned hotel in the city. Champ Hospitality will seek private funding to develop the hotel portion of the project. Mayor Martin Heines said the hotel-conference center is a public-private partnership, with the city primarily funding the conference center and private investment constructing the hotel. The conference center would be located on city-owned property next to the new Village at Cumberland Park retail development at Broadway and Loop 49.… Read More

Judge Sets $1,500 Bond in Johnny Manziel Assault Case

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm

JohnnyManzielDALLAS (AP/Staff) – A Dallas judge has set a $1,500 bond for Tyler native and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel in his misdemeanor domestic assault case. Manziel’s attorney, Robert Hinton, said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback is expected to turn himself in for booking next week, though no date has been set. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted by a grand jury this week after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January. She alleged she was hit so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear. Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Manziel has been dropped by two agents and his endorsers.

K9 Shooting Suspect Indicted on Six Counts

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Koch, mTYLER — A Smith County grand jury has returned a 6-count indictment on 36-year-old Michael Koch following an incident in which he allegedly shot a police dog to death. The indictment lists evading arrest, interference with service animal, felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and theft. Officials say several of the charges have been enhanced due to his prior criminal record. Koch remains in the Smith County Jail awaiting trial. K9 Ogar was fatally shot following a traffic stop on January 19, after which Koch allegedly fled on foot.… Read More

Rotarians Making Headway with New Dog Park

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

thTYLER — Members of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Tyler are pleased with progress on the Sunrise Paw Park. KETK reports the park will be the first dog park of its kind in the area. THere will be no need to bring a leash, because there will be plenty of room to run around. Separate fenced-in areas will be available for different sized dogs. The club hopes to be open this summer, but it’s still seeking donations.

Authorities Seek Driver in High-Speed Chase

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

police-9EAST TEXAS — Multiple law enforcement officials are searching for the person involved in a multi-county high speed chase Tuesday. KETK reports the chase started in Hunt County and ended in northeast Smith County. The Smith County Sheriff’s office says the driver of a motorcycle, wanted out of Hunt County, had been seen in the area. Officers chased the person on FM 14 but lost the motorcyclist on Interstate 20. Speeds reportedly reached more than 100 miles an hour.

Tyler Officials: Test Results for Water Quality Remain Compliant

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

thTYLER — Tyler Water Utilities continues to improve drinking water quality, as testing results from ongoing monitoring show, according to a news release from the city. Officials say the latest readings from all eight sampling sites are 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 last October, Mayor Martin Heines requested a third party evaluation of Tyler Water Utilities and its water treatment processes. Enprotec/Hibbs &Todd, Inc. (eHT) was hired by the City manager to conduct this review.… Read More

Tyler Police Host Medication Drop Off

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

police-tyler-car3TYLER — Tyler Police have announced a medication drop off event Saturday at Brookshire’s on Rice Road from 10:00 a.m. will 2:00 p.m. They will be hosting, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Brookshire’s. Officials said anyone interested can just drive-up and drop off your unused and expired medications for safe disposal without getting out of your vehicle, “No questions asked.” The event is free and allows people the opportunity to turn in unused and expired medications.… Read More

East Texas Football Great Dead at 74

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 9:58 am

WinstonHillJets_1461762222619_8296957_ver1.0EAST TEXAS — Gladewater native Winston Hill passed away Tuesday night at his home in Denver. He was 74. KETK reports, Hill, a four-time AFL All-Star and four-time Pro Bowler with the New York Jets was responsible for protecting quarterback Joe Namath during the Jets’ 1968-1969 Super Bowl season. Hill spent 13 seasons with the Jets and one with the Los Angeles Rams. Hill attended Weldon High School in Gladewater, prior to integration.… Read More

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near SFA

Posted/updated on: April 28, 2016 at 9:58 am

matthewerrick_1461681270529_8276597_ver1.0NACOGDOCHES — Stephen F. Austin campus police arrested a man Monday night in connection with an armed robbery at a Nacogdoches usiness. According to KETK, around 11:30, a man dressed in all black entered a gas a station at University and Austin Street and pointed a handgun at the clerk. The robber was then able to make it out of the store with an undisclosed amount of money. Not long after the incident, a SFA officer stopped a man matching the robber’s description. A search of the man turned up cash matching what the clerk had described. Errick Chandler Matthews, 26, Nacogdoches, has been charged with aggravated robbery. He was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

TVCC President Suspended

Posted/updated on: April 27, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Glendon ForgeyATHENS — The president of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Glendon Forgey, has been suspended. The action came during a board of trustees meeting Monday night. Details are sketchy. School trustees did not say what the problem was, only that Forgey was suspended with pay pending an investigation into his contract. The board was said to have been at odds with the president over the length of the contract. Also, there was no word on who would be assuming Forgey’s duties while he is on suspension.

Teen Busted Following Lengthy Chase

Posted/updated on: April 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Douglas RichardLUFKIN — A three county chase has resulted in the arrest an East Texas teenager. It started with a report of a car speeding through a Lufkin neighborhood. When an officer tried to stop the car, the driver sped off. The pursuit went for 27 miles at speeds up to 120 miles an hour. The driver, 18 year old Douglas Richard, finally stopped on Farm Road 1277 in San Augustine County, and was taken into custody. The arresting officer said, when he asked Richard why he ran, his response was, “it was fun.” He also said his registration was out and he had no insurance.… Read More

Nacogdoches Man Busted for Drugs

Posted/updated on: April 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Travis BaileyNACOGDOCHES — A traffic stop has turned into a drug bust in Nacogdoches County. It happened around 11:45 Monday night. A sheriff’s deputy stopped an SUV for a traffic violation on County Road 525. The driver, who appeared nervous, gave permission to search his vehicle. That led to the discovery of 40 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 8 grams of cocaine and Xanax pills. Street value of the drugs was placed at $4,500. Charged with two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, was 30 year old Travis Bailey of Nacogdoches.

A Quiet Zone in Downtown Palestine

Posted/updated on: April 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

rainroad crossingPALESTINE — Downtown Palestine will soon be a little quieter. The Palestine City Council has approved an engineering agreement with CTC, Inc. to create a quiet zone near the downtown area. The company will work with Union Pacific and the Federal Railroad Administration to create the zone on South Magnolia and South Sycamore Streets. It will limit the amount of train horns blowing through downtown Palestine. In the quiet zone, residents could still hear train horns. Federal law dictates when train engineers may sound the horn. Palestine’s quiet zone will be one of over 100 quiet zones in Texas, the most of any state in the country. Work on the zone will begin immediately.… Read More

Victim’s Granddaughter Reacts to Tiede Resentencing

Posted/updated on: April 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

BernieLNJ_1445431514032_5258418_ver1.0CARTHAGE — Advice from the granddaughter of the woman murdered by infamous East Texas killer Bernie Tiede. Tiede was resentenced to life Friday night after being released two years ago. His victim was 81 year Carthage widow Marjorie Nugent. He was a mortician, and they met when her husband died — after which they became inseparable. Her granddaughter, Shanna Nugent, says, “We have to protect the weakest members of our society, and I think widowhood is one of those real weak moments for women and men who lose their life partners.” Prosecutors showed during the resentencing trial that Tiede spent a lot of Nugent’s money after he killed her. She says she hopes the trial will “destroy the myth” created by the 2011 Jack Black movie “Bernie.”

Johnny Manziel Indicted in Alleged Attack on Ex-Girlfriend

Posted/updated on: April 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

JohnnyManziel3DALLAS (AP/Staff) – A Dallas County grand jury has indicted ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence. The Tyler native, Heisman Trophy winner, and former Texas A&M star was indicted Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence. The Class A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, told Dallas police that Manziel repeatedly hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley alleged that Manziel accosted her several times at a Dallas hotel and later struck her when they drove back to her apartment in Fort Worth. The Cleveland Browns cut Manziel in March, and two agents and all of his endorsers have dropped him.

Details Released in Double Murder

Posted/updated on: April 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm

3mugs_1461622602471_8272634_ver1.0LONGVIEW — Affidavits released Monday from the Gregg County District Clerk’s office indicate the execution-style shooting deaths of two men in Longview last month resulted from the theft of illegal drugs by the eventual victims. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, the information was among a number of new details revealed about the deaths of Kevin Lorenzo Stephenson and Dekeilen Joe Nelson. Police have charged 50-year-old Craig Deallen Davison, 36-year-old Dustin Charles Bennett, and 19-year-old Patricia Francine Baker with capital murder. They are each being held on $2 million bond in the Gregg County Jail. Davison and Baker, both of Hallsville, were transported to the Gregg County Jail on Monday. They were held over the weekend at the Harrison County Jail in Marshall. Bennett is from Longview.… Read More

Gregg County Murder Trial Delayed till June

Posted/updated on: April 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm

CHRISTIANSIBLEYMUG4_1455819162492_7066913_ver1.0GREGG COUNTY — An East Texas man’s trial for a 2015 fatal shooting has been delayed until June 27 at 9 a.m. According to KETK, the trial of Christian Sibley, 22, had been scheduled for Monday morning in the 188th Gregg County District Court. He is charged with murder. In February of 2015, Longview police responded to a shooting at an Exxon gas station on Estes Parkway. While at the scene of the shooting, Jerrad Hunt, 22, showed up at a Longview hospital with a gunshot wound. Hunt died from his injuries 20 days after the incident. Sibley was arrested on February 27, 2015 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting of Hunt. He posted bail on Monday, March 2, 2015.… Read More

Missing Persons Alert Cancelled

Posted/updated on: April 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

Tamesha Leann Johnson
LUFKIN — A missing woman sought by the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department has been located. Last week they requested the community’s assistance in locating Tamesha Leann Johnson, 36. Monday, in canceling the alert, the sheriff’s department says she has been located and returned to her family. They released no further details.

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