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Fighting Crime in Longview

lngvnewsconfLONGVIEW — City and county officials gathered at a Longview news conference to discuss a joint effort against crime which has rocked the city. Mayor Andy Mack said it is but a handful of people who are causing the problem. According to the mayor, “We don’t have a crime or a homicide problem in Longview. We have a gang and a drug problem and we’re going to stop it.” He said the issue is serious and they are taking it seriously. Longview has had a record-high 12 homicides this year. Longview police chief Mike Bishop said over the past few weeks they have had “extra patrols, extra units and extra personnel on the streets to deal with the gang and drug problem.” He said over that period they have made several key arrests and that Longview has been noticeably quieter.

More Arrests in a Cherokee County Murder

HANEY_1443557064948_5001880_ver1.0CHEROKEE COUNTY — Two more suspects have been arrested by Cherokee County deputies on charges stemming from a fatal shooting September 28. Tony Scott Brazier, 47, was found dead inside his home on FM 235 South around 3:30 a.m. The names of those arrested and the current charges are not being released at this time due to the nature of the ongoing investigation. The U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Doye ‘Duke’ Haney Junior, 26, Whitehouse, at the Hampton Inn on Troup Highway September 29.

Upshur County Man Charged in Wife’s Death

Roger Dale Mullins JrGILMER — An Upshur County man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife. Roger Dale Mullins Jr., 33, is charged in the death of Angela LeeAnn Mullins, 24. He remains in the Upshur County Jail under a $1 million bond. The woman’s body was found Friday night following a standoff with law officers. She was found in the couple’s home west of Gilmer off of Farm Road 49. Officers had been called to the home following a report of a man with a gun. After Mullins surrendered, officers entered the home and found the woman’s body.

Pilgrim’s Pride Employee Injured at Work

Pilgrim's PrideMT PLEASANT — A worker has been injured at the Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Mt Pleasant. The company said Fernando Cassio received a leg injury Monday morning when hit by a cage loader at the West plant. He was first taken to a Mt Pleasant hospital and flown to a Tyler hospital for treatment.

James Brown Announces State Senate Bid

James BrownTYLER — A former school board president and former U.S. Army Major General, is announcing his campaign for the state senate. James “Red” Brown kicked off his campaign Monday in an effort to succeed retiring Senator Kevin Eltife. Brown said he will shake-up the status quo and bring hands-on, East Texas experience to set priorities and change how state government works. He is seeking the Republican nomination for state Senate District 1. “Our government has to do better,” Brown said. “We have to do better for our school kids, better for parents, better for hardworking taxpayers and better for East Texas. I know we can get better results and I want to serve as a strong East Texas voice in the Texas Senate.”

Burn Ban Reinstated in Rusk County

burn ban3HENDERSON — The Rusk County Commissioners have approved a burn ban for the county. The ban, which was lifted in late August, was approved by the commissioner’s court at Monday morning’s meeting. The county reported only 0.02 inches of rain last month. The unconditional burn ban, which means no burning whatsoever, takes effect immediately. It will remain in effect in the unincorporated areas of Rusk County for a period not to exceed 90 days. It is just one of just over a dozen counties now under a burn ban, including Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Upshur and Wood.

Punishment Phase of the James Calvert Trial Underway

James Calvert2TYLER — The punishment phase of the James Calvert murder trial has started in state district court in Tyler. Jurors last Thursday came back with a guilty verdict in the nearly three year old case. Calvert was convicted in the shooting death of his wife. Since he was found guilty of capital murder, he could get life in prison or the death penalty.… Read More

Woman Dies in Jacksonville Fire

fire imageJACKSONVILLE — The cause of a fatal Jacksonville fire remains under investigation. The fire was reported around 3:30 Sunday morning at 723 Palestine Street. Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Fortner tells KTBB the elderly victim was Lila Baty. She is said to have lived alone in the home. The house was extensively damaged by the fire, which is thought to have started in an east front room of the house. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

Marshall Woman Arrested Following Shooting

Marshall Police ShieldMARSHALL — A Marshall woman is in custody after reportedly shooting at a man and barricading herself in a home. The incident was reported shortly before 12:45 Sunday afternoon at a residence on Beaver Street. According to a Marshall Police Department news release, the woman was later arrested and no injuries were reported. The woman’s name has not been released.

TxDOT Road Projects

TxDOT signTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of October 5. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention on Interstate Highway 20 as pavement repairs continue in the eastbound outside lane Monday, October 5 from Mile Marker 563 to 564 in Smith County. Motorists should be prepared for closures and delays. Crews will be working from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Please slow down and pay attention when driving through this and all work zones. It is important to remember that traffic could be stopped and backed up waiting to get moved through the work zone so pay attention to advance warning signs and other traffic control devices. Law enforcement is providing assistance with traffic. … Read More

Monday Last Day to Register to Vote for Nov. 3 Election

voting-computerGREGG COUNTY — A tax cut for homeowners, shifting part of an existing tax account to highway work and enshrining the right to hunt are among seven issues Texans will weigh on a Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment referendum. Monday is the last day to register to have a say on the ballot. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, early voting is Oct. 19-30.… Read More

Affidavit Details Events of Fatal Cherokee Co. Shooting

HANEY_1443557064948_5001880_ver1.0CHEROKEE COUNTY — An arrest affidavit has shed more light on what led to a fatal shooting earlier this week in Cherokee County. On Monday, September 28, Tony Scott Brazier, 47, was found dead at his home in the 4000 block of Farm to Market Road 235. KETK has obtained an arrest affidavit detailing what events led up to the fatal shot.… Read More

Body of Woman Found Following Standoff

crimescene-coronerUPSHUR COUNTY — The body of a woman is recovered from a house following a standoff with authorities. The suspect has been taken into custody. Gilmer Police and Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call around 11:30 Friday night about a disturbance involving a man with a gun at a house on FM 49 in western Upshur County. When police arrived at the scene, they became involved in a standoff with the man. After several hours the suspect was taken into custody. When authorities searched the house they found the body of a woman. The name of the victim or the man have not been released. The investigation is still underway.

Tyler Man Killed in Motorcycle Wreck

police-lightsTYLER — Tyler Police have identified a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash Friday night. It happened just after 8:00 on the 800 block of Gentry Parkway near Palace Avenue. According to police, Arturo Luna, 38, Tyler, was heading east on Gentry Parkway when a truck pulled out of a driveway and collided with the motorcycle. Luna was taken to East Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.

Longview Shooting Victim Dies from Injuries

crimescene-2LONGVIEW — A man who was shot in his neck early last week has died from his injuries. Police said shortly before 4:00 Tuesday morning, officers were called to a shooting in the 100 block of West Pliler Street. According to KETK, when authorities made it to the scene, they found a victim in the front yard with a gunshot wound to the neck. The victim, identified as Cedric Sherow, was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died Friday. The gunman left the scene before officers arrived. … Read More

Aunt of 3-year-old East Texas Boy Arrested in His Death

LUFKIN (AP) — A woman has been arrested in the August drowning of her 3-year-old nephew in an East Texas pond. That comes a month after her boyfriend was arrested in the death. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said 19-year-old Billie Jean Cuttler was arrested Friday in Louisiana in Mason Cuttler’s death. Her attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. Investigators say her boyfriend, 17-year-old Bobby Woods, knew the boy couldn’t swim and shoved him into a pond Aug. 17. Woods was arrested Aug. 28. Sanches wouldn’t elaborate on Billie Jean Cuttler’s role. Woods and Billie Jean Cuttler were indicted on capital murder charges Thursday. Woods told authorities he wanted the child dead to make room in a Lufkin-area home shared by three families for his girlfriend’s unborn child. Sanches says Cuttler isn’t pregnant.

Tyler Man Sentenced in Murder For Hire Plot

CHIP OWENS_1443837137677_5045709_ver1.0SMITH COUNTY — A Tyler man accused of a murder for hire plot has been sentenced to prison. According to the Smith County District Attorney’s Office, Chip Patrick Owens, 32, of Tyler, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of criminal solicitation. KETK reports, Owens tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife, Andrea Owens, and a man she was allegedly having a sexual relationship with. Court documents revealed Chip Owens tried to pay a former Marine a total of $11,000 for the murder. He admitted giving the man a .9mm pistol for the job. The gunman later became a police informant. Chip Owens was taken into custody December 12, 2014, after the informant brought evidence to authorities.

Aunt Arrested in Death of East Texas Toddler

cray cray murder mug_1443892005669_5047538_ver1.0LUFKIN (AP) — A woman has been arrested in the August drowning of her 3-year-old nephew in an East Texas pond. That comes a month after her boyfriend was arrested in the death. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said 19-year-old Billie Jean Cuttler was arrested Friday in Louisiana in Mason Cuttler’s death. Her attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. Investigators say her boyfriend, 17-year-old Bobby Woods, knew the boy couldn’t swim and shoved him into a pond Aug. 17. Woods was arrested Aug. 28. Sanches wouldn’t elaborate on Billie Jean Cuttler’s role. Woods and Billie Jean Cuttler were indicted on capital murder charges Thursday. Woods told authorities he wanted the child dead to make room in a Lufkin-area home shared by three families for his girlfriend’s unborn child. Sanches says Cuttler isn’t pregnant.

Gohmert to Be Given Heritage Sentinel Award

louie-gohmert-3TYLER – Republican East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert will be given the Heritage Sentinel Award during an event Saturday from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the New Life Worship Center in Tyler. Sentinel Awards are presented to members of Congress with a higher than 90% rating on the Heritage Action Scorecard. Gohmert has a 95% rating. According to its website, Heritage Action “is a widely respected government relations team and dedicated grassroots activists that advance conservative policy.”

Traffic Switch on Highway 79 in Palestine

TxDotPALESTINE — A traffic switch is in effect as of 3 p.m. Friday on the U.S. 79 construction project in Palestine. All traffic moves to the northbound lanes, which will now carry two-way traffic until further notice while work is completed at the location. The Sanderson Farms entrance will be closed during this work with traffic redirected to Florence.

New Schedule Started Monday at East Texas Regional Airport

easttexasregionalairportGREGG COUNTY — East Texas Regional Airport has announced new flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This coming Monday, October 5, the new 7:00 a.m. departure from ETRA arriving in DFW at 8:03 a.m. will begin, as will the new late evening ETRA arrival, 9:21 p.m. The evening flight will depart DFW at 8:25 p.m. Additionally, the previous mid-morning flight has been moved to mid-afternoon, departing DFW at 1:35 p.m., arriving in Gregg County at 2:26 p.m., and returning to DFW at 3:00 p.m. Officials say the new schedule will provide passengers more flexibility. Airport Director Roy Miller credits Gregg County Judge Judge Bill Stoudt and the Commissioners Court for the changes. For his part, Stoudt lauds American Airlines for listening to recommendations from citizens.

Longview Police, Residents Address Gang Concerns

DocumentFragment_5155075LONGVIEW — An 18-year-old from Longview is jailed on more than $500,000 bond. Police say aggravated robbery suspect Malik Bridges (pictured) is a confirmed gang member. According to authorities, he was arrested after dropping a gun while officers helped him move a disabled vehicle out of a roadway. Police tell KETK they are not sure if the gang has any involvement in a string of homicides in Longview but the group has been linked to a number of other crimes. Residents say TYB is taking credit for some non-fatal shootings in the past. Local residents say TYB is spreading like wildfire. It started just a few years ago with nine members and now has grown to as many as 200. The average age range, they say, is 12 to 20 years old.

I-20 Cleared after Wreck in Smith County

fed ex truck_1443803283470_5037198_ver1.0SMITH COUNTY — All eastbound lanes have been cleared on I-20 near Barber Road in Smith County following a multi-vehicle accident. KETK reports the accident happened late Friday morning near mile marker 575 in the Winona area. We are told four vehicles were involved. No major injuries were reported.

East Texas Water Loss Caused by Aging Pipes

thEAST TEXAS — Water loss due to old pipes is a problem all across the country, including here in East Texas. KETK reports the city of Tyler and other local entities are working to fix things. Area providers say aging infrastructure isn’t the only reason for water loss, though. Other than pipes bursting in the street, you can also attribute water loss to theft, firefighting, and meter issues. But utilities still say main breaks are the main reason. … Read More

East Texas Teen Indicted Over Toddler Drowning in Pond

thLUFKIN (AP) – An East Texas teenager has been indicted in the August death of his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew whose body was found in a pond. Prosecutors allege 17-year-old Bobby Woods Jr., who lived in a Lufkin-area house occupied by three families, wanted the boy dead to make room for his own child at the home. The victim was Mason Cuttler. Angelina County jail records show Woods was being held without bond on a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He’s prosecuted as an adult in the drowning initially thought to involve a child accidentally wandering from home. Investigators say Woods, whose capital murder indictment was announced Thursday, knew Mason couldn’t swim and shoved him into the water on Aug. 17. Mason’s body was located the next day.

One Killed in Hallsville Fire

fire imageHALLSVILLE — A woman has died from her injuries in a Wednesday night fire in Hallsville. She was said to have sustained burns over a large portion of her body. Her name has not been released pending notification of her next of kin. The fire was reported around 11:00 Wednesday night in the 200 block of Firetown Road. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

James Calvert Found Guilty in 2012 Murder-Kidnapping

JamesCalvertMug_1427833409611_53295_ver1.0TYLER — A Tyler jury has found James Calvert guilty of capital murder. KETK reports jurors came to the decision in the nearly three-year case around 2:30 Thursday afternoon in the court of Judge Jack Skeen. Pre-trial hearings began in November 2012. In Calvert’s arrest affidavit, Officer Kenneth Gardner gave his sworn account of the tragic events that unfolded on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Gardner says he was contacted by Sergeant Billy Yates to respond to a reported shooting at 3315 Bain in Tyler. When he arrived, he noticed a door leading to the carport had been forced open. Gardner recalled a woman was lying in the doorway with half of her body inside the residence and half in the carport. There were also several shell casings from a firearm on the floor near the body. The woman, who was later identified as Jelena Calvert Sriraman, was deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, and there was blood around her head.… Read More

Longtime Fugitive Gets 20 Years

RobertReeseMug_1443713359300_5026401_ver1.0TYLER — A Smith County man who was facing aggravated sexual assault of a child, bond forfeiture, and several indecency with a child warrants was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday after being on the run for 13 years. KETK reports that on May 15, U.S. Marshals in Spokane, Washington, arrested Robert Dean Reese, 54, who had been on the lam since 2002. Reese had been wanted by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.… Read More

New Investigator Named in Child Death Case

madisoncannon_1443717848039_5026434_ver1.0WINNSBORO — Winnsboro police say a new investigator from the attorney general’s office is taking over the the homicide case involving the death of 16-month-old Madison Cannon. KETK reports that according to a police statement, the new investigator is reviewing evidence and will be in Winnsboro within the next few weeks to discuss the next steps in the case. Police say they were told by the investigator that such cases are extremely time consuming and that the investigation would be a lengthy one.… Read More

School Employee Slightly Injured in Accident

TK Gorman4TYLER — Tyler Police responded to a local school after a report that a pedestrian had been hit by a car. It happened just before 8:00 Thursday morning at Bishop T. K. Gorman, in the 1400 block of East Southeast Loop 323. Authorities said a school employee was walking across the faculty parking lot when they were reportedly struck by another employee. Officials believe the sun might have been a factor in the accident. The injured employee was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

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Fighting Crime in Longview

Posted/updated on: October 7, 2015 at 2:24 am

lngvnewsconfLONGVIEW — City and county officials gathered at a Longview news conference to discuss a joint effort against crime which has rocked the city. Mayor Andy Mack said it is but a handful of people who are causing the problem. According to the mayor, “We don’t have a crime or a homicide problem in Longview. We have a gang and a drug problem and we’re going to stop it.” He said the issue is serious and they are taking it seriously. Longview has had a record-high 12 homicides this year. Longview police chief Mike Bishop said over the past few weeks they have had “extra patrols, extra units and extra personnel on the streets to deal with the gang and drug problem.” He said over that period they have made several key arrests and that Longview has been noticeably quieter.

More Arrests in a Cherokee County Murder

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 4:57 pm

HANEY_1443557064948_5001880_ver1.0CHEROKEE COUNTY — Two more suspects have been arrested by Cherokee County deputies on charges stemming from a fatal shooting September 28. Tony Scott Brazier, 47, was found dead inside his home on FM 235 South around 3:30 a.m. The names of those arrested and the current charges are not being released at this time due to the nature of the ongoing investigation. The U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Doye ‘Duke’ Haney Junior, 26, Whitehouse, at the Hampton Inn on Troup Highway September 29.

Upshur County Man Charged in Wife’s Death

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Roger Dale Mullins JrGILMER — An Upshur County man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife. Roger Dale Mullins Jr., 33, is charged in the death of Angela LeeAnn Mullins, 24. He remains in the Upshur County Jail under a $1 million bond. The woman’s body was found Friday night following a standoff with law officers. She was found in the couple’s home west of Gilmer off of Farm Road 49. Officers had been called to the home following a report of a man with a gun. After Mullins surrendered, officers entered the home and found the woman’s body.

Pilgrim’s Pride Employee Injured at Work

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Pilgrim's PrideMT PLEASANT — A worker has been injured at the Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Mt Pleasant. The company said Fernando Cassio received a leg injury Monday morning when hit by a cage loader at the West plant. He was first taken to a Mt Pleasant hospital and flown to a Tyler hospital for treatment.

James Brown Announces State Senate Bid

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm

James BrownTYLER — A former school board president and former U.S. Army Major General, is announcing his campaign for the state senate. James “Red” Brown kicked off his campaign Monday in an effort to succeed retiring Senator Kevin Eltife. Brown said he will shake-up the status quo and bring hands-on, East Texas experience to set priorities and change how state government works. He is seeking the Republican nomination for state Senate District 1. “Our government has to do better,” Brown said. “We have to do better for our school kids, better for parents, better for hardworking taxpayers and better for East Texas. I know we can get better results and I want to serve as a strong East Texas voice in the Texas Senate.”

Burn Ban Reinstated in Rusk County

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

burn ban3HENDERSON — The Rusk County Commissioners have approved a burn ban for the county. The ban, which was lifted in late August, was approved by the commissioner’s court at Monday morning’s meeting. The county reported only 0.02 inches of rain last month. The unconditional burn ban, which means no burning whatsoever, takes effect immediately. It will remain in effect in the unincorporated areas of Rusk County for a period not to exceed 90 days. It is just one of just over a dozen counties now under a burn ban, including Anderson, Angelina, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Upshur and Wood.

Punishment Phase of the James Calvert Trial Underway

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

James Calvert2TYLER — The punishment phase of the James Calvert murder trial has started in state district court in Tyler. Jurors last Thursday came back with a guilty verdict in the nearly three year old case. Calvert was convicted in the shooting death of his wife. Since he was found guilty of capital murder, he could get life in prison or the death penalty.… Read More

Woman Dies in Jacksonville Fire

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

fire imageJACKSONVILLE — The cause of a fatal Jacksonville fire remains under investigation. The fire was reported around 3:30 Sunday morning at 723 Palestine Street. Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Fortner tells KTBB the elderly victim was Lila Baty. She is said to have lived alone in the home. The house was extensively damaged by the fire, which is thought to have started in an east front room of the house. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

Marshall Woman Arrested Following Shooting

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 2:19 am

Marshall Police ShieldMARSHALL — A Marshall woman is in custody after reportedly shooting at a man and barricading herself in a home. The incident was reported shortly before 12:45 Sunday afternoon at a residence on Beaver Street. According to a Marshall Police Department news release, the woman was later arrested and no injuries were reported. The woman’s name has not been released.

TxDOT Road Projects

Posted/updated on: October 6, 2015 at 2:18 am

TxDOT signTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of October 5. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention on Interstate Highway 20 as pavement repairs continue in the eastbound outside lane Monday, October 5 from Mile Marker 563 to 564 in Smith County. Motorists should be prepared for closures and delays. Crews will be working from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Please slow down and pay attention when driving through this and all work zones. It is important to remember that traffic could be stopped and backed up waiting to get moved through the work zone so pay attention to advance warning signs and other traffic control devices. Law enforcement is providing assistance with traffic. … Read More

Monday Last Day to Register to Vote for Nov. 3 Election

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm

voting-computerGREGG COUNTY — A tax cut for homeowners, shifting part of an existing tax account to highway work and enshrining the right to hunt are among seven issues Texans will weigh on a Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment referendum. Monday is the last day to register to have a say on the ballot. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, early voting is Oct. 19-30.… Read More

Affidavit Details Events of Fatal Cherokee Co. Shooting

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm

HANEY_1443557064948_5001880_ver1.0CHEROKEE COUNTY — An arrest affidavit has shed more light on what led to a fatal shooting earlier this week in Cherokee County. On Monday, September 28, Tony Scott Brazier, 47, was found dead at his home in the 4000 block of Farm to Market Road 235. KETK has obtained an arrest affidavit detailing what events led up to the fatal shot.… Read More

Body of Woman Found Following Standoff

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 11:55 am

crimescene-coronerUPSHUR COUNTY — The body of a woman is recovered from a house following a standoff with authorities. The suspect has been taken into custody. Gilmer Police and Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call around 11:30 Friday night about a disturbance involving a man with a gun at a house on FM 49 in western Upshur County. When police arrived at the scene, they became involved in a standoff with the man. After several hours the suspect was taken into custody. When authorities searched the house they found the body of a woman. The name of the victim or the man have not been released. The investigation is still underway.

Tyler Man Killed in Motorcycle Wreck

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

police-lightsTYLER — Tyler Police have identified a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash Friday night. It happened just after 8:00 on the 800 block of Gentry Parkway near Palace Avenue. According to police, Arturo Luna, 38, Tyler, was heading east on Gentry Parkway when a truck pulled out of a driveway and collided with the motorcycle. Luna was taken to East Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.

Longview Shooting Victim Dies from Injuries

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 2:10 pm

crimescene-2LONGVIEW — A man who was shot in his neck early last week has died from his injuries. Police said shortly before 4:00 Tuesday morning, officers were called to a shooting in the 100 block of West Pliler Street. According to KETK, when authorities made it to the scene, they found a victim in the front yard with a gunshot wound to the neck. The victim, identified as Cedric Sherow, was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died Friday. The gunman left the scene before officers arrived. … Read More

Aunt of 3-year-old East Texas Boy Arrested in His Death

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

LUFKIN (AP) — A woman has been arrested in the August drowning of her 3-year-old nephew in an East Texas pond. That comes a month after her boyfriend was arrested in the death. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said 19-year-old Billie Jean Cuttler was arrested Friday in Louisiana in Mason Cuttler’s death. Her attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. Investigators say her boyfriend, 17-year-old Bobby Woods, knew the boy couldn’t swim and shoved him into a pond Aug. 17. Woods was arrested Aug. 28. Sanches wouldn’t elaborate on Billie Jean Cuttler’s role. Woods and Billie Jean Cuttler were indicted on capital murder charges Thursday. Woods told authorities he wanted the child dead to make room in a Lufkin-area home shared by three families for his girlfriend’s unborn child. Sanches says Cuttler isn’t pregnant.

Tyler Man Sentenced in Murder For Hire Plot

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm

CHIP OWENS_1443837137677_5045709_ver1.0SMITH COUNTY — A Tyler man accused of a murder for hire plot has been sentenced to prison. According to the Smith County District Attorney’s Office, Chip Patrick Owens, 32, of Tyler, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of criminal solicitation. KETK reports, Owens tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife, Andrea Owens, and a man she was allegedly having a sexual relationship with. Court documents revealed Chip Owens tried to pay a former Marine a total of $11,000 for the murder. He admitted giving the man a .9mm pistol for the job. The gunman later became a police informant. Chip Owens was taken into custody December 12, 2014, after the informant brought evidence to authorities.

Aunt Arrested in Death of East Texas Toddler

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 6:36 am

cray cray murder mug_1443892005669_5047538_ver1.0LUFKIN (AP) — A woman has been arrested in the August drowning of her 3-year-old nephew in an East Texas pond. That comes a month after her boyfriend was arrested in the death. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said 19-year-old Billie Jean Cuttler was arrested Friday in Louisiana in Mason Cuttler’s death. Her attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. Investigators say her boyfriend, 17-year-old Bobby Woods, knew the boy couldn’t swim and shoved him into a pond Aug. 17. Woods was arrested Aug. 28. Sanches wouldn’t elaborate on Billie Jean Cuttler’s role. Woods and Billie Jean Cuttler were indicted on capital murder charges Thursday. Woods told authorities he wanted the child dead to make room in a Lufkin-area home shared by three families for his girlfriend’s unborn child. Sanches says Cuttler isn’t pregnant.

Gohmert to Be Given Heritage Sentinel Award

Posted/updated on: October 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm

louie-gohmert-3TYLER – Republican East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert will be given the Heritage Sentinel Award during an event Saturday from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the New Life Worship Center in Tyler. Sentinel Awards are presented to members of Congress with a higher than 90% rating on the Heritage Action Scorecard. Gohmert has a 95% rating. According to its website, Heritage Action “is a widely respected government relations team and dedicated grassroots activists that advance conservative policy.”

Traffic Switch on Highway 79 in Palestine

Posted/updated on: October 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

TxDotPALESTINE — A traffic switch is in effect as of 3 p.m. Friday on the U.S. 79 construction project in Palestine. All traffic moves to the northbound lanes, which will now carry two-way traffic until further notice while work is completed at the location. The Sanderson Farms entrance will be closed during this work with traffic redirected to Florence.

New Schedule Started Monday at East Texas Regional Airport

Posted/updated on: October 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

easttexasregionalairportGREGG COUNTY — East Texas Regional Airport has announced new flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This coming Monday, October 5, the new 7:00 a.m. departure from ETRA arriving in DFW at 8:03 a.m. will begin, as will the new late evening ETRA arrival, 9:21 p.m. The evening flight will depart DFW at 8:25 p.m. Additionally, the previous mid-morning flight has been moved to mid-afternoon, departing DFW at 1:35 p.m., arriving in Gregg County at 2:26 p.m., and returning to DFW at 3:00 p.m. Officials say the new schedule will provide passengers more flexibility. Airport Director Roy Miller credits Gregg County Judge Judge Bill Stoudt and the Commissioners Court for the changes. For his part, Stoudt lauds American Airlines for listening to recommendations from citizens.

Longview Police, Residents Address Gang Concerns

Posted/updated on: October 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm

DocumentFragment_5155075LONGVIEW — An 18-year-old from Longview is jailed on more than $500,000 bond. Police say aggravated robbery suspect Malik Bridges (pictured) is a confirmed gang member. According to authorities, he was arrested after dropping a gun while officers helped him move a disabled vehicle out of a roadway. Police tell KETK they are not sure if the gang has any involvement in a string of homicides in Longview but the group has been linked to a number of other crimes. Residents say TYB is taking credit for some non-fatal shootings in the past. Local residents say TYB is spreading like wildfire. It started just a few years ago with nine members and now has grown to as many as 200. The average age range, they say, is 12 to 20 years old.

I-20 Cleared after Wreck in Smith County

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

fed ex truck_1443803283470_5037198_ver1.0SMITH COUNTY — All eastbound lanes have been cleared on I-20 near Barber Road in Smith County following a multi-vehicle accident. KETK reports the accident happened late Friday morning near mile marker 575 in the Winona area. We are told four vehicles were involved. No major injuries were reported.

East Texas Water Loss Caused by Aging Pipes

Posted/updated on: October 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

thEAST TEXAS — Water loss due to old pipes is a problem all across the country, including here in East Texas. KETK reports the city of Tyler and other local entities are working to fix things. Area providers say aging infrastructure isn’t the only reason for water loss, though. Other than pipes bursting in the street, you can also attribute water loss to theft, firefighting, and meter issues. But utilities still say main breaks are the main reason. … Read More

East Texas Teen Indicted Over Toddler Drowning in Pond

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm

thLUFKIN (AP) – An East Texas teenager has been indicted in the August death of his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew whose body was found in a pond. Prosecutors allege 17-year-old Bobby Woods Jr., who lived in a Lufkin-area house occupied by three families, wanted the boy dead to make room for his own child at the home. The victim was Mason Cuttler. Angelina County jail records show Woods was being held without bond on a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He’s prosecuted as an adult in the drowning initially thought to involve a child accidentally wandering from home. Investigators say Woods, whose capital murder indictment was announced Thursday, knew Mason couldn’t swim and shoved him into the water on Aug. 17. Mason’s body was located the next day.

One Killed in Hallsville Fire

Posted/updated on: October 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

fire imageHALLSVILLE — A woman has died from her injuries in a Wednesday night fire in Hallsville. She was said to have sustained burns over a large portion of her body. Her name has not been released pending notification of her next of kin. The fire was reported around 11:00 Wednesday night in the 200 block of Firetown Road. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

James Calvert Found Guilty in 2012 Murder-Kidnapping

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 3:16 pm

JamesCalvertMug_1427833409611_53295_ver1.0TYLER — A Tyler jury has found James Calvert guilty of capital murder. KETK reports jurors came to the decision in the nearly three-year case around 2:30 Thursday afternoon in the court of Judge Jack Skeen. Pre-trial hearings began in November 2012. In Calvert’s arrest affidavit, Officer Kenneth Gardner gave his sworn account of the tragic events that unfolded on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Gardner says he was contacted by Sergeant Billy Yates to respond to a reported shooting at 3315 Bain in Tyler. When he arrived, he noticed a door leading to the carport had been forced open. Gardner recalled a woman was lying in the doorway with half of her body inside the residence and half in the carport. There were also several shell casings from a firearm on the floor near the body. The woman, who was later identified as Jelena Calvert Sriraman, was deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, and there was blood around her head.… Read More

Longtime Fugitive Gets 20 Years

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm

RobertReeseMug_1443713359300_5026401_ver1.0TYLER — A Smith County man who was facing aggravated sexual assault of a child, bond forfeiture, and several indecency with a child warrants was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday after being on the run for 13 years. KETK reports that on May 15, U.S. Marshals in Spokane, Washington, arrested Robert Dean Reese, 54, who had been on the lam since 2002. Reese had been wanted by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.… Read More

New Investigator Named in Child Death Case

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm

madisoncannon_1443717848039_5026434_ver1.0WINNSBORO — Winnsboro police say a new investigator from the attorney general’s office is taking over the the homicide case involving the death of 16-month-old Madison Cannon. KETK reports that according to a police statement, the new investigator is reviewing evidence and will be in Winnsboro within the next few weeks to discuss the next steps in the case. Police say they were told by the investigator that such cases are extremely time consuming and that the investigation would be a lengthy one.… Read More

School Employee Slightly Injured in Accident

Posted/updated on: October 2, 2015 at 10:02 am

TK Gorman4TYLER — Tyler Police responded to a local school after a report that a pedestrian had been hit by a car. It happened just before 8:00 Thursday morning at Bishop T. K. Gorman, in the 1400 block of East Southeast Loop 323. Authorities said a school employee was walking across the faculty parking lot when they were reportedly struck by another employee. Officials believe the sun might have been a factor in the accident. The injured employee was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

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