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Bonds Set for Longview Bank Robbery Suspects

DocumentFragment_4588886LONGVIEW – Bonds of $100,000 have been set for all three suspects in Monday’s robbery of the Austin Bank at the Bar K Ranch Store, 5653 Highway 259 North. KETK reports Hannah Ponce, 18, Longview, and Broderick Pippins, 22, Kilgore, were arrested Wednesday. Authorities said Christian Ponce (pictured), 30, Longview, was taken into custody Thursday morning. All three were being held in the Gregg County Jail. Read the rest of this entry »

Law Enforcement Officers Cleared in Fatal Shooting

vinsonarrestLONGVIEW – A Gregg County grand jury has cleared five officers in the death of murder suspect Randy Vinson (pictured). The Texas Rangers investigated the shooting. KETK reports the grand jury cleared;
• Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter
• Kilgore Police Sgt. Jarod Sears
• Kilgore Police Cpl. Kevin Stewart
• Kilgore Police Officer Amos Owings
• Gregg County Sheriff’s Deputy Chase Doss Read the rest of this entry »

Semi Carrying Crane Hits I-20 Bridge

bridgehitviewerLINDALE — Southbound U.S. 69 traffic was temporarily halted during the lunch hour Thursday when a large crane being hauled on an 18-wheeler hit the westbound I-20 steel bridge over U.S. 69 near Lindale. TxDOT officials say the crane, which belongs to a TxDOT contractor, was quickly removed and traffic returned to normal flow. The bridge sustained only minimal visible damage but a TxDOT engineer has been dispatched to the scene for a more thorough inspection, according to a news release. Damage was only minor and the bridge remains open.

Schaefer, Others Organize Border Crisis Briefing

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — As the immigration crisis continues on the Texas-Mexico border, District 6 State Representative Matt Schaefer and others invite the public to a briefing on the matter today. The event kicks off at 11:45 with a welcome and announcements, with the program scheduled for noon till 1:00 at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 10818 University Boulevard (Spur 248) in Tyler. Read the rest of this entry »

Sheriff: E. Texans Caught with Meth, Marijuana during Traffic Stop

Ashley GroomsATHENS — Two East Texans were taken into custody early Tuesday for allegedly manufacturing and distributing drugs in Henderson County. According to Sheriff Ray Nutt, on Tuesday at 2:56 a.m., deputies pulled over a vehicle on US Highway 175 at the intersection of Richardson Road near Athens. KETK reports the driver was identified as Ashley Grooms, 28, of Gun Barrel City, and the passenger as Jerroid Miller, 37. During the stop, authorities searched the vehicle and reportedly found drug paraphernalia, suspected marijuana and suspected meth. While the deputy had the pair pulled over, Miller tried to dump some of the items, according to officials. Read the rest of this entry »

TEA Names John Tyler High School as T-STEM Academy

thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER – Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner of Education Michael Williams recently named John Tyler High School as a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academy for the 2014-2015 school year. According to a Tyler ISD news release, John Tyler is one of only 16 campuses statewide to earn the T-STEM Academy designation. T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects, according to the release. Their goal is to increase the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12. Read the rest of this entry »

TJC, ETMC Partner in Emergency Medical Services

thumb_ETMC-hospital-sign-2TYLER — Tyler Junior College and East Texas Medical Center Thursday announced a partnership agreement designed to strengthen the college’s emergency medical services professions (EMSP) program and provide improved professional development opportunities for ETMC. According to a TJC news release, EMSP provides certificates and associate degrees to graduates. “We are very excited to partner with a respected East Texas institution like Tyler Junior College,” said Neal Franklin, general manager, ETMC EMS. “The collaboration is beneficial to both East Texas Medical Center EMS and TJC but we believe the greatest benefit will be to the students.” Read the rest of this entry »

6 Workers Suffer Burns in East Texas Mine Accident

THERMO (AP) – Six workers at an East Texas coal mine have suffered burns from falling debris. Mine owner Luminant says the accident happened Wednesday in Thermo, about 80 miles northeast of Dallas. Hopkins County Fire Department Chief Kevin Yates says hot ash and burning embers fell on the workers. A Luminant statement says the employees were near an out-of-service lignite storage silo where they unexpectedly came in contact with “hot debris.” Luminant didn’t elaborate. Luminant says the workers sustained burns to their hands and legs, were treated at the scene and transferred to a hospital in Sulphur Springs. One employee was treated and released. The other five were transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Longview Swim Center Closes for Maintenance

Longview Swim CenterLONGVIEW — The Longview Swim Center will be closed for the remainder of the season following a mechanical failure in the pool’s pump room. The facility was originally scheduled to close for the summer at the end of this week. Ingram Pool, located at 1400 N. Tenth St., will remain open through the remainder of the week. The Dog Days of Summer event will be relocated to Ingram Pool this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth Bank Robbed This Week in East Texas

bankpic1LONGVIEW — Authorities responded to another bank robbery in East Texas Wednesday afternoon, the fourth in the area this week. According to KETK, the Longview Police Department says shortly before 3:45, the East Texas Professional Credit Union on Gilmer Road was robbed. Three people held up an Austin Bank near Longview on Monday. A Tyler Austin Bank was also robbed by three men on Tuesday. A Capital One Bank was robbed in Tyler on Monday by a man dressed in a suit. At this time, it’s not known if any of the bank robberies are connected. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Teen Arrested in Major Equipment Theft

Erin Lacy LeeCHEROKEE COUNTY — Officials say a teenage girl has been arrested following a major theft of Cherokee County equipment. On Monday, August 4, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office took a report of stolen equipment belonging to the Cherokee County Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Department. Precinct 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti stated that a 2010 Massey Ferguson tractor with a Caterpillar boom-ax had been left at a work area near Bullard. The tractor had been left at the intersection of FM 2137 and CR 3602 after work on Wednesday, July 30. The estimated value of the equipment was over $100,000. Read the rest of this entry »

TJC Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Tax Revenue Increase

thumb_tjc-signTYLER — Tyler-area taxpayers will get to have their say at a meeting of TJC trustees this afternoon. The college’s board is considering an increase in tax revenue for the coming fiscal year. The meeting gets underway at 5:30 in the board room at the White Administrative Services Center. A second public hearing is scheduled for August 21 at 11:00am in the same location.

Alleged Computer Thief Sought by Lindale Police

lindalepdsuspectLINDALE — The Lindale Police Department is seeking the identity of a person who may have recently burglarized a local business. LPD stated the unknown thief took a computer from Walmart. According to KETK, the alleged bandit is believed to be driving an Olds Alero with a spare wheel on the front passenger side. If you have any information on this crime, contact Det. Mike Lazarine at 903) 882-3313.

Two Drug Suspects Arrested in Cherokee County

Kyle Adam TinsleyRUSK – Separate drug cases have resulted in two drug arrests in Cherokee County. Arrested in Jacksonville on Tuesday evening was Kyle Adam Tinsley, 24. He was arrested when a narcotics search warrant was executed at a residence in the 900 block of Alameda Street in Jacksonville. Cherokee County Detectives had been conducting an ongoing investigation into the sale / manufacture of methamphetamine by the suspect. Some of Tinsley’s illegal activity was documented as having occurred at the residence, which is less than 1,000 feet from East Side Elementary and Buckner Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Services Set for Pipeline Blast Victim

connerwilsonpic2LONGVIEW — Memorial services have been scheduled for a White Oak man killed in a Rusk County pipeline explosion Tuesday afternoon. KETK reports visitation for Conner Wilson, 32, will be held Friday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Longview. His funeral service will be held Saturday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m., at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview. A burial service will be held at the East Mountain Baptist Church cemetery. Wilson was killed after he accidentally hit a live 12-inch pipeline while operating a mulching machine. The contact caused the line to rupture, resulting in the death. Read the rest of this entry »

Study to Be Done on Lake Cherokee Silt Levels

LONGVIEW — Longview is keeping an eye on one of its water sources. KETK reports the city’s about to conduct a study on silt levels in Lake Cherokee. Over time, construction and development in the area can cause silt runoff to build up. This can lead to pollution and lower water levels. Officials say this is the second time such a study has been done. The city isn’t expecting to see much change in Cherokee’s water levels.

New Retail Center Planned for Lindale

LINDALE — There could be plenty of shopping choices coming to Lindale soon. According to KETK, East Texas developer Thedford Crossing and the Lindale Economic Development Corporation are working together to bring their vision of a new retail center to life. The center would include multiple retail stores, a bowling alley, and a movie theatre. City Manager Craig Lindholm says having those new options in town would be great for the Lindale community. The plans for the center are in their early stages. An agreement between the Economic Development Corporation and attorneys must be made. Then the proposition goes through the Lindale City Council. If the retail center proposal does advance, it is expected to be a great economic asset to the region.

Smith County Authorities Arrest Third Suspect in Recent Burglaries

Devonte HawkinsTYLER — A Tyler man has been taken into custody for two recent burglaries, making him the third suspect to be arrested in the incidents. On Wednesday, Smith County Sheriffs Office detectives along with the U.S. Marshals Service executed an arrest warrant at the Travelodge motel near the intersection of Highway 69 North and Loop 323. Officials say Devonte Hawkins, 20, is charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation. The warrants were issued by Judge Christi Kennedy, who set bond on each count at $150,000. Hawkins was booked into the Smith County Jail Wednesday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Whitehouse Woman Found Guilty of Criminally Negligent Homicide

ashleykubiakfbHENDERSON — A Whitehouse woman has been found guilty of criminally negligent homicide stemming from a 2013 vehicle accident which killed two women and injured one child. According to KETK, the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office reports Ashley Marcella Kubiak was sentenced to 180 days in jail probated for five years. This means if she violates her five-year probation in any way, she will serve the full 180 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Surveillance Video Released in Gregg County Bank Robbery

53ea6645c8104.preview-300LONGVIEW – Gregg County authorities have released surveillance video as they continue looking for the suspects who robbed the Austin Bank in the Bar K Ranch Store on U.S. Highway 259. According to KETK, at about 4:06 Monday afternoon, a vehicle pulled next to the northwest side of Austin Bank at the Bar K Ranch store at 5653 Highway 259 North. Two black males got out of the car and the driver remained inside. One of the men, wearing dark clothing, light colored gloves, a face mask, and a large brim hat entered the bank with a long barrel shotgun and said, “Give me the money.” The second man, wearing a light colored hoodie, light colored gloves, jeans and sunglasses, stayed at the doorway to the bank and didn’t speak. Thirteen seconds later, the men returned to the car with an undisclosed amount of cash. The car left south bound on Airline toward Longview. Read the rest of this entry »

Bendy Found Guilty in P.T. Cole Park Shooting

bendysmithcojailTYLER — A Smith County jury Tuesday found Dennis Bendy guilty in the murder of Briana Young. Bendy, 20, shot dead Briana Young, 20, at P.T. Cole Park on July 20, 2013. According to police, Young had brought her 3-year-old son to the park when she was later caught in crossfire and shot. KETK reports that During closing arguments, state prosecutors argued Bendy could be found guilty as an individual or as a party with transferred intent — that is, if a group has intent to cause harm and a felony is committed, everyone in the group can be charged. During the trial, the state said Elisha Williams fired the fatal shot, but Bendy had also fired eight bullets from his 9mm Glock. Read the rest of this entry »

Women in Tyler Committee Announces Theme, Seeks Nominees

Women in TylerTYLER — The Women in Tyler Planning Committee announced the 2015 Women in Tyler luncheon theme, “Women with a Heart,” on Tuesday at the McClendon House. According to a news release, the community is encouraged to send in nominations for the prestigious award by Sept. 5 to P.O. Box 1432, Tyler, TX 75710. Honorees will be announced in January and will be honored at the Annual Women in Tyler Luncheon on March 19, 2015, at the Rose Garden Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Bank Robbery This Week in East Texas

bankpic081214TYLER — Authorities are investigating the third East Texas bank robbery in two days. On Tuesday at 10:11 a.m., Tyler police received a hold-up alarm at Austin Bank located at 1230 SSW Loop 323. Police say three black male suspects entered the bank and held the employees at gunpoint. The suspects were wearing dark clothing with covering over their faces, and are believed to be in their 30s, with medium to stocky builds. The suspects left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash in a Ford Crown Victoria. Officers located the suspect vehicle that was abandoned a short time later in the 900 block of Britton Street. The suspects are believed to have switched into a dark gray Nissan Altima and a dark red Dodge Stratus. Read the rest of this entry »

SCSO Seeks Help Finding Runaway Teen

bookoutpicTYLER — Smith County Sheriff’s Office detectives are requesting help in finding a runaway teenage girl in the Flint or Gresham area, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Admony Daniell Bookout, age 15, has been listed as a runaway since August 4th with SCSO. Bookout is described as a white female, 5’7” weighing 150 pounds. She has blue eyes and reddish blond hair. She left the residence after a reported disturbance between her and her mother on the above date. Read the rest of this entry »

Cherokee County Burglary Suspects Arrested

Ryan Barclay RannigerRUSK – Two Cherokee County burglary suspects are in custody. They are thought to be responsible for several burglaries around the Alto area. Arrested are Ryan Barclay Ranniger, 30 and Craig Anthony Wilkins, 22, both of Alto. Ranniger is charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation and one count of burglary of a building. His bonds total $35,000. Wilkins is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of burglary of a habitation and one count of burglary of a building. His bonds total $135,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Smith County’s Rockin’ C Ranch Shutting Down

Rockin C RanchLINDALE – After nearly 17 years, the Rockin’ C Ranch is closing its doors. The camp, billed as a small camp with big fun and huge life lessons, is shutting down. Located on 150 acres, including a ten acre private lake, the ranch is located on County Road 325 near Lindale. Read the rest of this entry »

Bendy Murder Trail Soon to be in the Hands of the Jury

Dennis BendyTYLER – Final arguments were due to be heard today in the Dennis Bendy murder trial in state district court in Tyler. Both the state and the defense rested in the case Monday morning. Before resting, Bendy’s attorney requested a directed verdict in favor of his client. Judge Jack Skeen denied the requests. Following today’s closing arguments and the judge’s charge to the jury, deliberations will begin. Read the rest of this entry »

National Honors for U-T Tyler Professor

Mary FischerTYLER — UT Tyler Accounting Professor Dr. Mary Fischer has received the 2014 Association of Government Accountants’ Author Award. She was recognized at the association’s annual professional development training in Orlando, Florida. The award recognizes the 12-member AGA Journal Editorial Board’s choice of the best article appearing in the scholarly Journal of Government Financial Management during the 2013 –14 program year. The board chose to recognize Fischer’s co-authored article, “Government’s New Normal: A Changing Role for Auditors,” which was published in the fall 2013 issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler’s 9th Street Closure

Road Closed2TYLER — Beginning today, Tyler Water Utilities will be closing 9th Street, between Roseland Boulevard and Donnybrook Avenue to through traffic for the installation of a 24-inch water valve. Drivers should use 8th Street and/or Troup Hwy. as alternate routes while 9th Street is closed. It is anticipated that 9th Street will be closed through Friday.

Tyler ISD Encourages Parents to Register Students Early

TYLER – Tyler ISD is encouraging parents to avoid the first day rush by registering students early for the 2014-2015 school year. Tyler ISD campuses will be open for parents to register their children beginning Monday, August 11. Read the rest of this entry »

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