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Henderson County Youngster Drowns

COFFEE CITY – A toddler has died in a Tyler hospital after being pulled from Lake Palestine. The drowning occurred around 3:00 Saturday afternoon in the lake off Brierwood Drive in the Coffee City area. Henderson County authorities say a babysitter was watching several children and went for a walk when a child ran away from her. While the babysitter chased after that child, a nearly 21 month old youngster wandered into the lake. He was taken to a nearby residence and CPR was administered, and then taken to a Tyler hospital. The youngster’s name has not been released. Child Protective Services is assisting the sheriff’s department in the investigation.

Miss ETBU 2017

LONGVIEW – East Texas Baptist University junior elementary education major Taylor Rowlands of Houston was crowned Miss ETBU 2017 over the weekend. Rowlands competed against 6 other contestants in the 61st Miss ETBU Scholarship Pageant in Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center on April 1. Junior speech communication major Harleigh Parrish of Huntington was selected first runner up. Selected second runner up was junior elementary education major Mallory Kauffman of Sugar Land. Kauffman was also named Miss Congeniality.

A Record Night for Miranda Lambert

LAS VEGAS (AP/STAFF) — Miranda Lambert has extended her streak at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert, who was born in Longview and raised in Lindale, has won female vocalist of the year for the eighth straight year. She broke the record that was previously held by Reba Mcntire. Lambert said in her acceptance speech, Carrie Underwood can sing her under the table and they agreed on that. She said she’s glad to see females kicking butt this year. And she said she was glad to be part of that. She also won album of the year for her double disc, “The Weight of These Wings.

Reed Road Closure in Tyler

TYLER – The City of Tyler Stormwater Maintenance Department will close Reed Road from Kent Drive to Meadors Cemetery Road to replace existing culvert drainage pipe at the intersection with Meadors Cemetery Road (County Road 2121). Southbound traffic on Kent Drive will be detoured east onto CR 2213, then south on Monarch, then east onto CR 2121 (Meadors Cemetery Road). Northbound traffic for Reed Road will be detoured eastbound on Meadors Cemetery Road (CR 2121), then north on Monarch, then west on CR 2213, then north on Kent Drive. Work is to begin on Tuesday and run through Friday.

Expansion Project Starting at a Tyler Hospital

TYLER – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System broke ground Monday on a massive new expansion project at the Tyler hospital. The multi-million dollar expansion project will see a new 200,000-square-foot Tower to be built on the south side of the Tyler hospital. There will be a a skywalk leading to a new 850-space parking garage across Dawson Street. The Tower will house a state-of-the-art Emergency Care Center, advanced Intensive Care Units and multiple support services. There will also be space for future growth. Construction of the multi-level garage is scheduled to be complete by this December. The tower is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019. … Read the rest of the article…

Victim in Fatal East Texas Wreck Identified

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the victim in a Sunday morning accident. Troopers responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 59, about one mile north of Nacogdoches. According to KETK, around 10:35 a.m., a car entered U.S. 59 North in front of tractor-trailer and was hit by the semi. The driver of the car, Jeannie Oeffner, 64, of Katy, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was identified as Tony Smelser, 67, of San Angelo. Smelser was not injured. The wreck remains under investigation.

Four Men Indicted for Aggravated Robbery

LONGVIEW — Four men have been indicted in connection with what police said was a home invasion and robbery in September on Clearwood Drive in Longview, according to the Longview News-Journal. Markerrion D’shon Allison (pictured), 20, and Trekeymian Jamal Allison, 19, both of Carthage; and Reginald Darnelle Jones, 17, and Sean Owens-Toombs, 18, both of Longview, were indicted on charges of aggravated robbery. Police said the men forced their way into the home Sept. 8 and shot a man while trying to steal drugs.

Tyler Police Issue Traffic Advisory

TYLER — Due to weather conditions in Tyler, numerous intersections in South Tyler are without traffic lights, according to Tyler Police. Authorities advise drivers to use caution and watch for officers in the roadway directing traffic. Remember to treat an intersection as a four-way stop if the lights are out and no officer is present. Officers ask you to report any tree limbs or debris in the roadway that may be a traffic hazard. So far, no flooding has been reported.

Tyler Man Charged with DWI Following “Slow Chase” with Police

TYLER — Police arrested Tyelor Wingfield, 22, after he led police on an extremely slow paced chase. According to KETK, the chase started Saturday on Erwin Street and ended on Chandler Highway. Wingfield was driving at 25 mph with one flat tire. When police finally got him to pull over, he reportedly spit on one of the officers. Wingfield was charged with DWI, evading arrest, resisting arrest and harassing a public officer. Tyelor was also arrested February 25 for DWI.

Marshall Shooting Suspect Sought

MARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department is investigating an attempted armed robbery that resulted in one person being shot. Just before 4:00 Saturday afternoon, officers were dispatched to Boost Mobile on East Grand Avenue. A black male wearing a black hoodie reportedly entered the store and attempted to rob the business. A business owner from a neighboring store heard the commotion and went to see what was happening. Shortly after entering the store, gunfire was exchanged between the business owner and suspect. The business owner, whose name has not been released, was shot and transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. The suspect fled the scene with no money. It is unclear if he suffered any injuries. Anyone with information is urged to call Marshall Police, 903-935-4575 or Marshall- Harrison County Crime Stoppers, 903-935-9969.

Man Jailed Following Traffic Stop, Cavity Search

LONGVIEW — A Longview man was arrested Thursday after police said they found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in his possession and a bottle of pills inside his person. According to KETK, Colton Tre-el Johnson, 24, was held Friday on bonds totaling $7,000, charged with possession of a controlled substance measuring less than 28 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana measuring less than 2 ounces. Police were called Thursday to Best Buy in the 400 block of West Loop 281 in reference to several people leaving with possibly stolen items. After stopping Johnson, police said they searched his vehicle and found less than 2 ounces of marijuana and a digital weight scale.… Read the rest of the article…

Traffic Stop Results in Drug Charges in Nacogdoches County

NACOGDOCHES – Three men from Houston, returning home from Arkansas, have been arrested on drug charges in Nacogdoches County. The Men’s SUV was stopped for a traffic violation. After talking with the three, deputies became suspicious of drug activities. When they refused a search of the vehicle, a K-9 was brought to the scene and the dog alerted deputies to the presence of drugs. Inside the vehicle they found Over fifteen thousand pills ranging from Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, hydromorphone and amphetamine. They also located a small quantity of marijuana.… Read the rest of the article…

New Tyler Police Officers Receive Oath of Office

TYLER – Seven new police cadets who graduated from the Tyler Junior College Police Academy last week have been officially sworn in by Chief Jimmy Toler. Two of the cadets ended up receiving two most highly sought after awards for the academy. The “Valedictorian” for this class was awarded to Abby Rodseth, who had the highest grade point average of all the previous valedictorians with a 98.7 GPA. The “Top Gun” award for the highest score of shooting was awarded to Stephen Thomas. … Read the rest of the article…

Man Arrested After Fighting With Nacogdoches Deputies

NACOGDOCHES – Two Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s deputies were injured Friday morning while fighting with a suspect. It happened after a report of a suspicious man who appeared to be selling drugs. He was found in the parking lot near the jail visitation area. When the deputy tried to stop him from walking away, he starting fighting with the deputy. Another deputy tried to help, but the fight continued. Additional deputies arrived and Haward Johnson, 47, of Nacogdoches, was taken into custody.… Read the rest of the article…

Man Gets 450 Years in Prison for Sex Crimes Against Children

CHEROKEE COUNTY – A Jacksonville man has been found guilty of 34 counts of child abuse. Kevin Ray Morris Sr., of Jacksonville, was handed 11 life sentences. In addition to the life sentences stacked with 450 years in prison, the jury also assessed a $340,000 fine against Morris. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, on March 30, a jury found Morris guilty of child sexual abuse including, aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child, and indecency with a child. Judge Chris Day ordered all possible counts stacked, and told Morris after sentencing, “Mr. Morris, there is really no other way to put it, you are a monster.”… Read the rest of the article…

A Senior’s Pageant Returns to Tyler

TYLER – Last year the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant left the Metroplex, after over 20 years, for Tyler. And it was announced Friday at a news conference at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway, the pageant will be coming back to Tyler. It will be at the Holiday Inn September 22nd through 24th. The pageant’s state director Peggy Wagner said, returning to Tyler was a no-brainer. She said the city opened their arms to the pageant and contestants. They even received a key to the city from Mayor Martin Heines. According to Wagner, “when we thought about where we were going to have it in 2017, it took no rocket scientist to advise us, we’re going back to Tyler.”… Read the rest of the article…

Man Accused of Exposing Himself

TYLER – A Tyler man has been arrested on a charge of public indecency. William Larry Foley, 40, was arrested around 10:00 Thursday night. A woman told officers that Foley had exposed himself to her and two children as he stood between two house on Claude Street. Foley is in the Smith County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

To Prison for a Longview Murder

LONGVIEW – A Longview man is going to prison for a murder over two years ago. Aaron McCoy, 25, had been arrested and charged with the murder of Garrett Neal. The Longview News Journal reports McCoy pled guilty Friday morning and was sentenced to 33 years in prison. Neal was found shot in a home on Sandlin Street in January of 2015. McCoy was arrested in the case in May of last year after an inmate who had been in the same cellblock with him, told investigators McCoy had admitted to the murder. The inmate also said that McCoy had left his cell phone at the scene of the murder.

All Suspects in Custody In Upshur County Murder

GILMER – Four persons are now in custody in an Upshur County murder. Kendrick Jackson, 29, was shot to death at his home northeast of Gilmer shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night. Arrested in the case are Devontay Hunter, 20, of Lone Star, (pictured) Alize Sharda McFall, 20 of Kilgore, Keishawn Mumphrey, 19, of Kilgore and Decorian Quantez Robbins, 19, of Lone Star. All four are charged with first degree murder. No word on what led to the shooting.

Playhouse Community on the Tyler Plaza

TYLER – You will find 8 playhouses on the Tyler Plaza today. They are being auctioned off as a fund raising project for Habitat for Humanity for Smith County. All eight are custom made. Habitat’s Deanna Harrison says you can bid for them on line at the Habitat for Humanity of Smith County website. The high bid for each playhouse will then be part of a live auction on Thursday, April 6th at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Fire Department Improves EMS Capabilities

TYLER – The Tyler Fire Department recently expanded its Emergency Medical Services capabilities to improve treatment for Tyler residents. Since January, the department has implemented many changes to their EMS bags and staff training. This includes daily inventory checks, new equipment added to bags and Epinephrine distribution training and certification. Newly named Assistant Fire Chief Michael Frost says the system was put in place to ensure that there are no delays in the field due to searching for lifesaving equipment. He says, by having a universal set up for the EMS bags, firefighters can easily transfer from station to station without a learning curve of finding lifesaving equipment while on a call.… Read the rest of the article…

Upshur County Victim Identified

GILMER – Upshur County authorities continue their investigation of a shooting death. Killed was Kendrick Lemichel Jackson, 29, of Pittsburg. It was reported shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night on Farm Road 1975, near the Lafayette community. This is about 13 miles northeast of Gilmer. He appeared to have died from a gunshot wound. No other information has been released, including the name of a possible suspect in the case.

Ship Donated By German POW on Display at UT Health Northeast

TYLER – Members of the Camp Fannin Association Board of Directors presented to UT Health Northeast a handcrafted model ship that was built during WWII by a German prisoner of war who was held at Camp Fannin. UT Health Northeast now sits on the original location of Camp Fannin, a WWII Army training facility. The ship, a model yacht named “Garwood,” was built by Rudolph Mangles of Wesermuende, Germany, and was constructed of his own design from materials on hand. The model is on loan and is located at the entrance of the UT Health Northeast library.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Manhunt Called Off

TYLER – A south Tyler manhunt has been called off after authorities were unable to find the suspect. Tyler police were assisting Sulphur Springs police in arresting Carae Martez Williams, 22, of Sulphur Springs, who was wanted for a probation violation. He is also a registered sex offender. Officers spotted him off the Old Jacksonville Highway. When he saw the officers, he fled into some nearby woods. Several agencies, assisted by a dog, unsuccessfully searched for him in the area northeast of the Old Jacksonville Highway and Grande Boulevard. Officers say the man may have been armed.

A Prestigious Honor For a UT Tyler Professor

TYLER – University of Texas at Tyler professor Dr. William “Bill” Sorensen been named a Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright Program is an international exchange initiative created in 1946. It awards grants to American scholars each year to teach or conduct research in the more than 125 nations throughout the world. With the award, Sorensen will travel during the spring 2018 semester to Brazil to teach epidemiology in a graduate nursing program. He also will conduct research with Brazilian colleagues on the topic of smoking cessation interventions in HIV individuals.… Read the rest of the article…

Longview Shooting Suspect Sought

LONGVIEW – A Longview shooting is under investigation. It happened around 1:30 Tuesday morning at the Palace Inn on East Marshall Avenue. The woman, whose name has not been released, is said to be hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police are looking the person thought to be the shooter. Further information has not been released.

Man Arrested in Longview With Stolen Credit Cards

LONGVIEW – A Gladewater man is in custody after stolen items were found in his possession. A Longview policeman stopped Jeremy Lynn Young, 35, on 4th Street for a traffic violation. Officers noticed a wadded up check in the floorboard. In his backpack, they found more checks, mail, and credit cards belonging to various persons. Young was charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

Woman Accused of Stealing from Her Grandmother

TYLER – A Tyler woman has been charged with Exploitation of an elderly person. Picked up on a warrant by Tyler police around 1:00 Wednesday afternoon was 36 year old Latoya Sakeitha Erwin. She is accused of taking money out of her grandmother’s account without her knowledge. Police say the amount was less than $1,000. She is also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance out of Ellis County and criminal trespassing. She remains in the smith County Jail under bonds totaling $40,500.

38 Cars of Union Pacific Freight Train Derail in East Texas

MALAKOFF (AP) – Thirty-eight cars of a Union Pacific freight train, including two locomotives, have derailed in a small East Texas town. Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the derailment happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday in Malakoff, a town of about 2,300 residents 70 miles southeast of Dallas. DeGraff said the derailment involved box, hopper, tanker and other freight cars. DeGraff said there were no injuries. He said no cause has been determined for the derailment and there is no estimate yet for how long the rail line will be closed.

Gearing Up for the Local Elections

TYLER – Smith County Commissioners have approved several interlocal agreements relating to the May elections. They have approved agreements with the Bullard, Arp and Winona School Districts and the cities of Lindale, Hideaway and Winona. Interlocal agreements were earlier approved for the City of Tyler, as well as the Tyler, Whitehouse and Chapel Hill School Districts. The agreements outline the authority and requirements of the Smith County Elections Office to provide services to conduct the school trustee and city council elections, as well as any special election being held. The elections are on Saturday, May 6th.

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Henderson County Youngster Drowns

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

COFFEE CITY – A toddler has died in a Tyler hospital after being pulled from Lake Palestine. The drowning occurred around 3:00 Saturday afternoon in the lake off Brierwood Drive in the Coffee City area. Henderson County authorities say a babysitter was watching several children and went for a walk when a child ran away from her. While the babysitter chased after that child, a nearly 21 month old youngster wandered into the lake. He was taken to a nearby residence and CPR was administered, and then taken to a Tyler hospital. The youngster’s name has not been released. Child Protective Services is assisting the sheriff’s department in the investigation.

Miss ETBU 2017

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm

LONGVIEW – East Texas Baptist University junior elementary education major Taylor Rowlands of Houston was crowned Miss ETBU 2017 over the weekend. Rowlands competed against 6 other contestants in the 61st Miss ETBU Scholarship Pageant in Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center on April 1. Junior speech communication major Harleigh Parrish of Huntington was selected first runner up. Selected second runner up was junior elementary education major Mallory Kauffman of Sugar Land. Kauffman was also named Miss Congeniality.

A Record Night for Miranda Lambert

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP/STAFF) — Miranda Lambert has extended her streak at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert, who was born in Longview and raised in Lindale, has won female vocalist of the year for the eighth straight year. She broke the record that was previously held by Reba Mcntire. Lambert said in her acceptance speech, Carrie Underwood can sing her under the table and they agreed on that. She said she’s glad to see females kicking butt this year. And she said she was glad to be part of that. She also won album of the year for her double disc, “The Weight of These Wings.

Reed Road Closure in Tyler

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

TYLER – The City of Tyler Stormwater Maintenance Department will close Reed Road from Kent Drive to Meadors Cemetery Road to replace existing culvert drainage pipe at the intersection with Meadors Cemetery Road (County Road 2121). Southbound traffic on Kent Drive will be detoured east onto CR 2213, then south on Monarch, then east onto CR 2121 (Meadors Cemetery Road). Northbound traffic for Reed Road will be detoured eastbound on Meadors Cemetery Road (CR 2121), then north on Monarch, then west on CR 2213, then north on Kent Drive. Work is to begin on Tuesday and run through Friday.

Expansion Project Starting at a Tyler Hospital

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

TYLER – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System broke ground Monday on a massive new expansion project at the Tyler hospital. The multi-million dollar expansion project will see a new 200,000-square-foot Tower to be built on the south side of the Tyler hospital. There will be a a skywalk leading to a new 850-space parking garage across Dawson Street. The Tower will house a state-of-the-art Emergency Care Center, advanced Intensive Care Units and multiple support services. There will also be space for future growth. Construction of the multi-level garage is scheduled to be complete by this December. The tower is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019. … Read the rest of the article…

Victim in Fatal East Texas Wreck Identified

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 9:42 am

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the victim in a Sunday morning accident. Troopers responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 59, about one mile north of Nacogdoches. According to KETK, around 10:35 a.m., a car entered U.S. 59 North in front of tractor-trailer and was hit by the semi. The driver of the car, Jeannie Oeffner, 64, of Katy, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was identified as Tony Smelser, 67, of San Angelo. Smelser was not injured. The wreck remains under investigation.

Four Men Indicted for Aggravated Robbery

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

LONGVIEW — Four men have been indicted in connection with what police said was a home invasion and robbery in September on Clearwood Drive in Longview, according to the Longview News-Journal. Markerrion D’shon Allison (pictured), 20, and Trekeymian Jamal Allison, 19, both of Carthage; and Reginald Darnelle Jones, 17, and Sean Owens-Toombs, 18, both of Longview, were indicted on charges of aggravated robbery. Police said the men forced their way into the home Sept. 8 and shot a man while trying to steal drugs.

Tyler Police Issue Traffic Advisory

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 2:46 am

TYLER — Due to weather conditions in Tyler, numerous intersections in South Tyler are without traffic lights, according to Tyler Police. Authorities advise drivers to use caution and watch for officers in the roadway directing traffic. Remember to treat an intersection as a four-way stop if the lights are out and no officer is present. Officers ask you to report any tree limbs or debris in the roadway that may be a traffic hazard. So far, no flooding has been reported.

Tyler Man Charged with DWI Following “Slow Chase” with Police

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm

TYLER — Police arrested Tyelor Wingfield, 22, after he led police on an extremely slow paced chase. According to KETK, the chase started Saturday on Erwin Street and ended on Chandler Highway. Wingfield was driving at 25 mph with one flat tire. When police finally got him to pull over, he reportedly spit on one of the officers. Wingfield was charged with DWI, evading arrest, resisting arrest and harassing a public officer. Tyelor was also arrested February 25 for DWI.

Marshall Shooting Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

MARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department is investigating an attempted armed robbery that resulted in one person being shot. Just before 4:00 Saturday afternoon, officers were dispatched to Boost Mobile on East Grand Avenue. A black male wearing a black hoodie reportedly entered the store and attempted to rob the business. A business owner from a neighboring store heard the commotion and went to see what was happening. Shortly after entering the store, gunfire was exchanged between the business owner and suspect. The business owner, whose name has not been released, was shot and transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown. The suspect fled the scene with no money. It is unclear if he suffered any injuries. Anyone with information is urged to call Marshall Police, 903-935-4575 or Marshall- Harrison County Crime Stoppers, 903-935-9969.

Man Jailed Following Traffic Stop, Cavity Search

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

LONGVIEW — A Longview man was arrested Thursday after police said they found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in his possession and a bottle of pills inside his person. According to KETK, Colton Tre-el Johnson, 24, was held Friday on bonds totaling $7,000, charged with possession of a controlled substance measuring less than 28 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana measuring less than 2 ounces. Police were called Thursday to Best Buy in the 400 block of West Loop 281 in reference to several people leaving with possibly stolen items. After stopping Johnson, police said they searched his vehicle and found less than 2 ounces of marijuana and a digital weight scale.… Read the rest of the article…

Traffic Stop Results in Drug Charges in Nacogdoches County

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

NACOGDOCHES – Three men from Houston, returning home from Arkansas, have been arrested on drug charges in Nacogdoches County. The Men’s SUV was stopped for a traffic violation. After talking with the three, deputies became suspicious of drug activities. When they refused a search of the vehicle, a K-9 was brought to the scene and the dog alerted deputies to the presence of drugs. Inside the vehicle they found Over fifteen thousand pills ranging from Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, hydromorphone and amphetamine. They also located a small quantity of marijuana.… Read the rest of the article…

New Tyler Police Officers Receive Oath of Office

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

TYLER – Seven new police cadets who graduated from the Tyler Junior College Police Academy last week have been officially sworn in by Chief Jimmy Toler. Two of the cadets ended up receiving two most highly sought after awards for the academy. The “Valedictorian” for this class was awarded to Abby Rodseth, who had the highest grade point average of all the previous valedictorians with a 98.7 GPA. The “Top Gun” award for the highest score of shooting was awarded to Stephen Thomas. … Read the rest of the article…

Man Arrested After Fighting With Nacogdoches Deputies

Posted/updated on: April 2, 2017 at 8:37 am

NACOGDOCHES – Two Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s deputies were injured Friday morning while fighting with a suspect. It happened after a report of a suspicious man who appeared to be selling drugs. He was found in the parking lot near the jail visitation area. When the deputy tried to stop him from walking away, he starting fighting with the deputy. Another deputy tried to help, but the fight continued. Additional deputies arrived and Haward Johnson, 47, of Nacogdoches, was taken into custody.… Read the rest of the article…

Man Gets 450 Years in Prison for Sex Crimes Against Children

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 4:25 am

CHEROKEE COUNTY – A Jacksonville man has been found guilty of 34 counts of child abuse. Kevin Ray Morris Sr., of Jacksonville, was handed 11 life sentences. In addition to the life sentences stacked with 450 years in prison, the jury also assessed a $340,000 fine against Morris. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, on March 30, a jury found Morris guilty of child sexual abuse including, aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child, and indecency with a child. Judge Chris Day ordered all possible counts stacked, and told Morris after sentencing, “Mr. Morris, there is really no other way to put it, you are a monster.”… Read the rest of the article…

A Senior’s Pageant Returns to Tyler

Posted/updated on: April 2, 2017 at 8:37 am

TYLER – Last year the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant left the Metroplex, after over 20 years, for Tyler. And it was announced Friday at a news conference at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway, the pageant will be coming back to Tyler. It will be at the Holiday Inn September 22nd through 24th. The pageant’s state director Peggy Wagner said, returning to Tyler was a no-brainer. She said the city opened their arms to the pageant and contestants. They even received a key to the city from Mayor Martin Heines. According to Wagner, “when we thought about where we were going to have it in 2017, it took no rocket scientist to advise us, we’re going back to Tyler.”… Read the rest of the article…

Man Accused of Exposing Himself

Posted/updated on: April 2, 2017 at 8:37 am

TYLER – A Tyler man has been arrested on a charge of public indecency. William Larry Foley, 40, was arrested around 10:00 Thursday night. A woman told officers that Foley had exposed himself to her and two children as he stood between two house on Claude Street. Foley is in the Smith County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

To Prison for a Longview Murder

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

LONGVIEW – A Longview man is going to prison for a murder over two years ago. Aaron McCoy, 25, had been arrested and charged with the murder of Garrett Neal. The Longview News Journal reports McCoy pled guilty Friday morning and was sentenced to 33 years in prison. Neal was found shot in a home on Sandlin Street in January of 2015. McCoy was arrested in the case in May of last year after an inmate who had been in the same cellblock with him, told investigators McCoy had admitted to the murder. The inmate also said that McCoy had left his cell phone at the scene of the murder.

All Suspects in Custody In Upshur County Murder

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

GILMER – Four persons are now in custody in an Upshur County murder. Kendrick Jackson, 29, was shot to death at his home northeast of Gilmer shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night. Arrested in the case are Devontay Hunter, 20, of Lone Star, (pictured) Alize Sharda McFall, 20 of Kilgore, Keishawn Mumphrey, 19, of Kilgore and Decorian Quantez Robbins, 19, of Lone Star. All four are charged with first degree murder. No word on what led to the shooting.

Playhouse Community on the Tyler Plaza

Posted/updated on: April 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

TYLER – You will find 8 playhouses on the Tyler Plaza today. They are being auctioned off as a fund raising project for Habitat for Humanity for Smith County. All eight are custom made. Habitat’s Deanna Harrison says you can bid for them on line at the Habitat for Humanity of Smith County website. The high bid for each playhouse will then be part of a live auction on Thursday, April 6th at Jack Ryan’s Steak and Chophouse.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Fire Department Improves EMS Capabilities

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm

TYLER – The Tyler Fire Department recently expanded its Emergency Medical Services capabilities to improve treatment for Tyler residents. Since January, the department has implemented many changes to their EMS bags and staff training. This includes daily inventory checks, new equipment added to bags and Epinephrine distribution training and certification. Newly named Assistant Fire Chief Michael Frost says the system was put in place to ensure that there are no delays in the field due to searching for lifesaving equipment. He says, by having a universal set up for the EMS bags, firefighters can easily transfer from station to station without a learning curve of finding lifesaving equipment while on a call.… Read the rest of the article…

Upshur County Victim Identified

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm

GILMER – Upshur County authorities continue their investigation of a shooting death. Killed was Kendrick Lemichel Jackson, 29, of Pittsburg. It was reported shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night on Farm Road 1975, near the Lafayette community. This is about 13 miles northeast of Gilmer. He appeared to have died from a gunshot wound. No other information has been released, including the name of a possible suspect in the case.

Ship Donated By German POW on Display at UT Health Northeast

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm

TYLER – Members of the Camp Fannin Association Board of Directors presented to UT Health Northeast a handcrafted model ship that was built during WWII by a German prisoner of war who was held at Camp Fannin. UT Health Northeast now sits on the original location of Camp Fannin, a WWII Army training facility. The ship, a model yacht named “Garwood,” was built by Rudolph Mangles of Wesermuende, Germany, and was constructed of his own design from materials on hand. The model is on loan and is located at the entrance of the UT Health Northeast library.… Read the rest of the article…

Tyler Manhunt Called Off

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm

TYLER – A south Tyler manhunt has been called off after authorities were unable to find the suspect. Tyler police were assisting Sulphur Springs police in arresting Carae Martez Williams, 22, of Sulphur Springs, who was wanted for a probation violation. He is also a registered sex offender. Officers spotted him off the Old Jacksonville Highway. When he saw the officers, he fled into some nearby woods. Several agencies, assisted by a dog, unsuccessfully searched for him in the area northeast of the Old Jacksonville Highway and Grande Boulevard. Officers say the man may have been armed.

A Prestigious Honor For a UT Tyler Professor

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm

TYLER – University of Texas at Tyler professor Dr. William “Bill” Sorensen been named a Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright Program is an international exchange initiative created in 1946. It awards grants to American scholars each year to teach or conduct research in the more than 125 nations throughout the world. With the award, Sorensen will travel during the spring 2018 semester to Brazil to teach epidemiology in a graduate nursing program. He also will conduct research with Brazilian colleagues on the topic of smoking cessation interventions in HIV individuals.… Read the rest of the article…

Longview Shooting Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm

LONGVIEW – A Longview shooting is under investigation. It happened around 1:30 Tuesday morning at the Palace Inn on East Marshall Avenue. The woman, whose name has not been released, is said to be hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police are looking the person thought to be the shooter. Further information has not been released.

Man Arrested in Longview With Stolen Credit Cards

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 2:53 pm

LONGVIEW – A Gladewater man is in custody after stolen items were found in his possession. A Longview policeman stopped Jeremy Lynn Young, 35, on 4th Street for a traffic violation. Officers noticed a wadded up check in the floorboard. In his backpack, they found more checks, mail, and credit cards belonging to various persons. Young was charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

Woman Accused of Stealing from Her Grandmother

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm

TYLER – A Tyler woman has been charged with Exploitation of an elderly person. Picked up on a warrant by Tyler police around 1:00 Wednesday afternoon was 36 year old Latoya Sakeitha Erwin. She is accused of taking money out of her grandmother’s account without her knowledge. Police say the amount was less than $1,000. She is also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance out of Ellis County and criminal trespassing. She remains in the smith County Jail under bonds totaling $40,500.

38 Cars of Union Pacific Freight Train Derail in East Texas

Posted/updated on: March 31, 2017 at 12:59 pm

MALAKOFF (AP) – Thirty-eight cars of a Union Pacific freight train, including two locomotives, have derailed in a small East Texas town. Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the derailment happened about 6 p.m. Wednesday in Malakoff, a town of about 2,300 residents 70 miles southeast of Dallas. DeGraff said the derailment involved box, hopper, tanker and other freight cars. DeGraff said there were no injuries. He said no cause has been determined for the derailment and there is no estimate yet for how long the rail line will be closed.

Gearing Up for the Local Elections

Posted/updated on: March 30, 2017 at 4:07 pm

TYLER – Smith County Commissioners have approved several interlocal agreements relating to the May elections. They have approved agreements with the Bullard, Arp and Winona School Districts and the cities of Lindale, Hideaway and Winona. Interlocal agreements were earlier approved for the City of Tyler, as well as the Tyler, Whitehouse and Chapel Hill School Districts. The agreements outline the authority and requirements of the Smith County Elections Office to provide services to conduct the school trustee and city council elections, as well as any special election being held. The elections are on Saturday, May 6th.

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