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Tyler Man Injured in Ultralight Crash

Palestine utra light crash 12-17-13PALESTINE — A Tyler man has been flown to Mother Frances Hospital after his ultralight plane crashed in Palestine. Hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries is Ronald Quencer, 55. A witness told investigators he was about 50 feet over the runway when the nose of the craft came down and he crashed. The accident happened around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. The FAA is investigating the crash.

Tyler Man Convicted of Murder

Marquel Jermon Scott2TYLER — A Tyler man is facing up to life in prison after being convicted of murder. A jury Tuesday found Marquel Jermon Scott, 33, guilty of the November 26, 2012, shooting death of Keeston Fields, 26. The shooting occurred early that morning at the Hyena’s motorcycle club in north Tyler. The trial has now moved into the punishment phase.

Boy Hospitalized After Dog Attack

JACKSONVILLE — A young Jacksonville boy remains hospitalized after one of the family’s two pet dogs bit him in the throat. The boy, who has not been identified, was first taken to East Texas Medical Center-Jacksonville. He was then flown to a Dallas hospital. Both of the dogs were euthanized by city authorities. The attack occurred shortly before 5:45 Sunday afternoon in the 1600 block of Meadow Hill.The case remains under investigation.

Authorities: Burglar Caught after Escaping from Hospital

barnhillclutemugLUFKIN — A suspected burglar shot by an Angelina County homeowner is back in custody. According to KETK, it all started when deputies say 33-year-old Cody Barnhill was caught at a house on Farm Road 2251 with a jewelry box under his arm. The woman who owns the house reacted quickly, shooting Barnhill in the back as he was running away, according to authorities. Barnhill was arrested near Houston and taken to a hospital for his bullet wound injuries; officials say he then escaped the hospital. Barnhill has now been arrested again. He faces burglary charges and has been booked into the Angelina County Jail.

Alleged Sexual Predator Identified

chris_nixon_fbJONESBORO, LA. — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says the man known as “John Doe 2,” now captured, has been identified as Christopher Nixon. KETK reports the manhunt ended late Monday night, less than four hours after ICE issued a public appeal for information about his identity and location. Nixon was taken into custody at a home in Jonesboro after Homeland Security Investigations received nearly 50 tips from the public via the HSI Tip Line. Officials had earlier advised that Nixon might have ventured into East Texas and issued a notice to be on the lookout for him there. Read the rest of this entry »

Kilgore Police: Beware of Scam Targeting Football Fans

rallyragKILGORE — According to the Kilgore Police Department, a “business” claiming to represent the Kilgore ISD has been soliciting funds from local business owners. According to KETK, the “business,” Concepts Incorporated, is claiming to sell “rally rags” to be used at the state championship game against Carthage this Friday. But police say Concepts Incorporated is in no way affiliated with KISD and that the information the “business” is providing is incorrect. Officials ask citizens to share this story with others so they are not fooled by the scam.

Officials Add Charges in Child Sex/Porn Case

lejunemugNACOGDOCHES — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has filed two more felony charges against Justin Lejeune, who has been in custody since December 5 on charges of child pornography and improper photo or visual recording. KETK reports the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant December 5 on the Lejeune home, where investigators say they found child pornography and improper visual recordings allegedly made at his residence. Lejeune was not at the house during the execution of the warrant but was later found at work. Investigators conducted an interview with Lejeune, who reportedly gave a confession to the evidence allegedly found at his home. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Police Search for Armed Carjacking Suspects

thumb_police-5TYLER — Tyler Police are called to a report of a robbery early Tuesday morning. It happened shortly after 1:15 at the Reserves Apartment complex, 2851 County Road 272. Authorities said the victim was reportedly carjacked at gunpoint. The victim said it happened at the front gate of the complex after he noticed he was being followed by at least two black males in a white Chevy Impala. The victim said he was forced out of his burgundy 1995 Buick Roadmaster at gunpoint. The suspect then got into the driver’s seat of the victim’s car and left the area with the Chevy Impala following. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a 20 to 25 years of age, 6’3 240-250 lbs with a dark complexion, wearing a gray thermal shirt and gray sweat pants. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF.

Lufkin Man Guilty of Robbing Grandmother

Joshua Paul GlawsonLUFKIN — A Lufkin man has been found guilty of several charges, including robbing his grandmother. State District Judge Paul White found Joshua Paul Glawson, 21, guilty Monday afternoon. The judge will set the punishment at a later date, following a pre-sentence report. Glawson had been accused of taking a car from his grandmother at gun point on September 8th.

A&M-Commerce Partners with Tyler Junior College

Texas A&M-CommerceCOMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce will begin a three-year partnership with Tyler Junior College on Friday. The partnership will help students complete their degrees at A&M-Commerce after they receive a foundation at Tyler Junior College. “The best way for colleges and universities to deliver on the promise of educational opportunity is through partnership,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan R. Jones. “We are extraordinarily pleased that through the partnership that A&M-Commerce and Tyler Junior College has developed, more students than ever before will be able to secure their future by earning a baccalaureate degree.” Read the rest of this entry »

Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87

ray_price_fbMOUNT PLEASANT (AP/Staff) – Ray Price, a towering traditional country singer who was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, has died. He was 87. Billy Mack Jr., the son of legendary county DJ Bill Mack, says Price died Monday afternoon. Price had pancreatic cancer. He had recently left East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for hospice care at his home in Mt. Pleasant. Mack, a family friend, said he was acting as a family spokesman. Price was perhaps best known for his version of the Kris Kristofferson-written song “For the Good Times” in 1970 that became a pop hit. He was one of the most influential figures in country music in the 1960s and `70s, helping define the genre’s honky-tonk sound early in his career, then taking it in a more polished direction later.

Marshall Shooting Investigated; Lawman Questioned

matthaslerfbMARSHALL — An East Texan remains hospitalized from a gunshot wound after shots were fired Sunday outside a Marshall bar, and a local law officer has been taken in for questioning. KETK reports that around 2:00 Sunday morning, Marshall Police Department Communications received several calls reporting a shooting which had taken place outside Charlie’s Bar at 303 North Columbus. While officers where en route, MPD Communications also requested that Marshall Firefighters/EMT respond due to an injury. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Chance to Weigh In on TRZ

thumb_loop-49LINDALE — Smith County citizens are invited to attend another transportation-related public meeting. Again, the primary topic of discussion will be the proposed Smith County Transportation Reinvestment Zone (TRZ), Number One (Toll 49 Reinvestment Zone). The meeting will be at Lindale City Hall tonight at 7:00. It is being held in conjunction with the Lindale City Council meeting. It’s to be hosted by Commissioner Pct. 3 Terry Phillips. Several similar meetings have been held recently around the county. The project would capture 50% of future property taxes along a designated Toll 49 corridor for construction on Toll 49 and adjoining highways.

10 Area School Districts to Get Funding to Boost Programs

thumb_school-teacher-parentsAUSTIN — The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified Title I schools and charters eligible for additional federal funding to strengthen performance on its campuses, and a number of those schools are in Kilgore-based Region VII. According to KETK, the identification is a component of the state’s conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

Centene Cuts Ribbon on New Facility

thumb_tom-mullinsTYLER — Centene Corporation, a St. Louis-based medical insurance group, cut the ribbon Tuesday on its new Tyler claims center. Centene has had a Tyler presence for a little over 18 months. But Tom Mullins (pictured) of the Tyler Economic Development Council says the new facility allows Centene to ramp up to 325 employees, with the capacity to double its space and add more workers. Mullins says, “It’s a great project for Tyler, and it’s the anchor project for the new technology park on Earl Campbell Parkway and the Southwest Loop.” The facility includes a day care center. It’s a $15 million investment serving about 15 states.

Pine Tree Student Died From Illness

LONGVIEW — A Pine Tree ISD student died over the weekend as a result of a sudden illness. According to KETK, the student has been identified as Kendra Gonzales, a 10th grader. The illness that took her life has not been named. Read the rest of this entry »

East Texas Woman Dies in Arkansas Crash

BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say a Texas woman was killed in a crash on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say 35-year-old Pattie Collier of Mount Pleasant, Texas, died in the crash Sunday on I-40 in Monroe County. According to a preliminary report, a truck driving west was towing a trailer that bounced across the median and into oncoming traffic. A preliminary report says the trailer struck Collier’s truck, which was traveling east on the interstate. Collier was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle wasn’t injured in the crash.

Vigil Held after Wreck Near Bullard Kills Two

vlcsnap_2013_12_15_23h24m20s50BULLARD — A crowd gathered at Bullard High School Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil in honor of a local mother and daughter killed in a Northern Cherokee County crash. KETK reports hundreds of family members, friends, teachers, and students huddled together Sunday to remember their good friends. The vigil started and ended in prayer and gave friends and loved ones a chance to say goodbye. Read the rest of this entry »

One Critically Injured in Tyler Wreck

Kinsey Drive wreck 12-15-13TYLER — A one vehicle accident in Tyler has sent a man to East Texas Medical Center in critical condition. KETK reports the accident happened shortly after 5:00 Sunday afternoon in the 4900 block of Kinsey Drive. Police indicate the man was not wearing his seat belt when his car left the road and hit a tree. His name has not been released.

Longview Man Charged with Child’s Sexual Assault

Longview Police PatchLONGVIEW — A man accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child is in the Gregg County Jail under a $50,000 bond. After he was found to be harboring a runaway child, Longview Police arrested Jaquavious Williams, 19. KETK reports Williams has also been charged with evading arrest with a previous conviction.

TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT signTYLER — Here’s a quick look at other work planned in the Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue edge repairs on Farm Road 2710 between Farm Road 16 in Lindale and Farm Road 14 near Red Springs. Daytime lane closures will be in effect while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Bell Ringer is Honored

Andre ThompsonTYLER — A Tyler man has received a golden bell and has gone in the record books with two other men. Andre Thompson received his award Saturday night for ringing a bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive for 105 hours. Thompson stood at the Walgreens Pharmacy on South Broadway and Reick Road from 11:00am on December 3rd to 8:00pm on December 7th. He took only a five minute break every hour. During that time, contributions totaled just over $14,000. Thompson tied with a bell ringer in California and one in Minnesota for the world record.

Emergency Exercise at U-T Tyler

U-T Tyler SignTYLER — The University of Texas at Tyler Police Department and the Tyler Police Department, in conjunction with the UT Tyler Office of Emergency Management, are conducting a full-scale emergency exercise today on the UT Tyler campus. The exercise, which began at 9:00 this morning and runs till noon, is designed to test the campus response to a potential armed intruder on campus. Persons on or around the campus may notice an increased police presence in conjunction with this exercise during the morning hours. Signs are posted alerting people around campus to the exercise in progress.

Tree Work In Longview’s Grace Creek Drainage Area

longview-cityofLONGVIEW — As a result of the 2011 drought, the City of Longview has lost many trees within the Grace Creek Drainage Corridor which includes the Paul Boorman Trail. Weather permitting, the Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Department are combining forces this week to work throughout the property to cut, chip, or remove the downed trees. Read the rest of this entry »

Fire Reported in White Oak

fire imageWHITE OAK — A vacant building in White Oak is on fire. The fire is said to be in a duplex. White Oak police tell KETK they have blocked off White Oak Road and Ward Road to get to the fire. No other information is available at this time.

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