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DSHS Hosts West Nile Events in East Texas

mosquitoesEAST TEXAS — The Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting events in Lufkin and Tyler to educate the public about West Nile virus. The events will include information from state and local officials about the disease, prevention efforts, and mosquito control, and will include question-and-answer sessions. Texas recently confirmed its first case of West Nile illness of the season, an adult male from Anderson County. Last year Texas reported 1,868 human cases of West Nile illness, including 89 deaths. Read the rest of this entry »

“No Refusal” After-Action Report

thumb_Dont-drink-logoTYLER — Tyler police have issued the after-action report from the most recent multi-agency No-Refusal DWI campaign, held May 24th through May 27th. DPS had nine DWI arrests, Tyler PD had five, and Whitehouse PD had two. Texas Parks & Wildlife had two BWI (Boating While Intoxicated) arrests. TPWD also obtained two search warrants for blood. This is a grand total of 18 DWI arrests with 2 (11%) search warrants for blood obtained. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Families Displaced By Morning Fire

thumb_tyler-fire-dept-logoTYLER — A fire has damaged apartments in the 1600 block of East Earle Street. Tyler firemen responded to the blaze just before 2:00 yesterday morning. The building contained two separate apartment units, with tenants upstairs and downstairs. Luckily, the residents were able to escape unharmed. The upstairs apartment sustained heavy fire damage, with a total loss of the contents. The downstairs unit sustained extensive water damage as well. Fire investigators have indicated that the fire originated in an upstairs bedroom near an air conditioning unit. The Red Cross was notified for assistance with the displaced families.

Nacogdoches Couple Sentenced in Federal Court

Justice DepartmentLUFKIN — A Nacogdoches couple has been sentenced for federal tax violations. Reggie Cotton, 53, and Deborah Cotton, 57, pleaded guilty last November to failing to file tax returns for the calendar year 2004 and were both sentenced to five months in federal prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. Their prison sentences will be followed by five months of home detention and restitution of $75,320 to the Internal Revenue Service. Read the rest of this entry »

Streufert Named Executive Director at UT Tyler

Paul Streufert-UT TylerTYLER — The new executive director of special academic programs at The University of Texas at Tyler is Dr. Paul Streufert. He is an associate professor within the Department of Literature and Languages and the founding director of the UT Tyler Honors Program. In this expanded role, effective July 1, Streufert will oversee both the honors and Global Awareness Through Education programs at UT Tyler. Dr. Jill Blondin, current GATE director, has accepted a position at Virginia Commonwealth University as director of the VCU Globe. Read the rest of this entry »

TJC Receives National Award

Tyler Junior College logoTYLER — Tyler Junior College is one of four public, two-year institutions nationwide, and the only two-year institution in Texas, to be recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), for overall performance in educational fundraising. CASE has named 68 colleges and universities and 18 independent schools as recipients of its 2013 Educational Fundraising Awards, which recognize institutions for overall performance and improvement in educational fundraising programs. Winning institutions will be recognized in the awards gallery at the 2013 Summit for Leaders in Advancement conference to be held in July in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Drowning Victim Identified

swimming pool waterLONGVIEW — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the death of a two year old child. It happened Sunday morning around 8:30. Deputies responded to an address on Mosely Circle North for an assist EMS call. Officials said Michael Lane Echols, 2, apparently woke up before other family members and unlocked an outside door and left the residence. Family members searched for the child and he was located behind a neighbors fenced in yard in a swimming pool. The father pulled Michael from the pool and contacted EMS. The child later died at Good Shepherd Medical Center. The child’s body was sent for autopsy at the Forensic Center in Tyler. Gregg County Investigators are following up on the circumstances leading up to the death.

Victim Identified in Fatal Jacksonville Fire

trailer_fire_ketkJACKSONVILLE — According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the victim in Friday evening’s fatal mobile home fire in Jacksonville has been identified as Cedric McCuin, 42. According to KETK, officials believe the fire started in the kitchen due to most of the damage being centered around that area of the home. McCuin also told his brother he was going to fix dinner right before the fire broke out. The case remains under investigation.

Police: Alcohol, Excessive Speed Likely Factors in TABA Wreck

grande_wreckketkTYLER — According to the Tyler Police Department, a Sunday morning crash that demolished the side of the Tyler Area Builders Association on West Grande Boulevard was likely caused from a combination of alcohol and a high rate of speed. Authorities tell KETK the driver, Taylor Brian Swinford, 24, of Tyler, was taken to a local hospital after the accident with unknown injuries and has since been released. No charges have been filed; however, the case is still under investigation. TABA officials say the association’s Parade of Homes will not be affected by the crash. The event is scheduled for June 1-9.

Police: Tyler Man Hits Officer in Face, Arrested for Assault

roy_baker_smith_co_jailTYLER — A Tyler man was arrested Monday morning after police say he hit an officer in the face. According to KETK, police were called to the scene of a reported disturbance on Summerkamp St. just after 7:00 a.m. According to police reports, four people were arguing in a house. As their argument escalated, a woman in the group reportedly picked up a knife and allegedly threatened the others. Officials say the woman eventually dropped the knife and the group began to fight. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspect Sought in Aggravated Robbery

NACOGDOCHES — Nacogdoches Police are searching for a man following an aggravated robbery. KETK reports it happened at a duplex on the 2200 block of Lola Street just before 1:30 Tuesday morning. A caller told officers that while she was at her house, a man kicked in her door and assaulted her. She said he threatened her with a hammer and forced her to give him money from her purse before leaving. The robber is described as a black man in his mid-20s, about 5’7″ – 5’10″ tall. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark pants. If you have any information, you are urged to contact the Nacogdoches Police Department.

Officials: Man Arrested after Rolling Truck

SMITH COUNTY — A man rolls his truck in Smith County Monday afternoon and is arrested for alleged drunk driving. KETK reports it happened along the 12000 block of South Hillcreek Road, near Whitehouse. Authorities say the truck rolled after the man lost control. No one was hurt. The man’s name was not immediately released.

Plane Makes Unscheduled Landing in Smith County

Plane lands in fieldTYLER — A plane landed in a Smith County field after developing mechanical trouble. KETK reports the single engine aircraft landed in the field between Tyler and Whitehouse, near County Road 2191 and Loop 49. The pilot was not injured and the plane was not damaged. The FAA was contacted.

Man Accused of Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

O'Brian DukeNACOGDOCHES — A man, said to have been armed with a knife and a pit bull, is accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend. Arrested by Nacogdoches County authorities was O’Brian Duke, 30, of Nacogdoches. He is accused of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault and interference with a 9-1-1 emergency call.

KETK reports authorities were sent to a home on Highway 7 Sunday morning. Duke had left by the time officers arrived. A short time later he was found walking down the road with a pit bull. He is accused of breaking into the woman’s house armed with a knife and the dog. He is accused of trying to make the pit bull attack the woman. When the woman called 9-1-1, Duke is accused of breaking the phone and choking the victim. Duke was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. The dog was turned over to animal control officers.

Edgewood Man Killed in Highway Accident

thumb_DPS-car-2VAN ZANDT COUNTY — An Edgewood man has been killed in a one-vehicle crash in Van Zandt County. The accident was reported at 1:28 Sunday morning on FM 1395, half a mile west of Farm Road 859. The DPS says a pickup driven by Pablo Salinas Herrera, 20, was eastbound when it ran off the roadway and overturned. Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Annual Memorial Day Observance Held in Tyler

Memorial day serviceTYLER — Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Parker of the Disabled American Veterans keynoted the annual Memorial Day observance at Tyler’s Memorial Park Cemetery. Parker reminded the large crowd that the day is not about celebrating the beginning of summer or a holiday from work. According to Parker, “Today is a solemn day of remembrance, a day that should be properly set aside for contemplation. Ask yourself where you would be without the personal sacrifices made by these men and women.” Special touches included patriotic music, a fallen warrior procession, a 21-gun salute, and adorning of a wreath in memory of fallen military members.

Truck Catches Fire

deli truck fireTYLER — A deli delivery truck has been destroyed by fire. The truck caught fire around 12:45 Sunday afternoon at the Exxon station station near the UT Health Northest on U.S. 271. KETK reports there were no injuries and firemen kept the fire from spreading. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Mental Health Training for Teachers Approved

bob deuell2AUSTIN (AP) — Texas school teachers would receive training to identify mental illness in their classrooms under a measure that has cleared the Texas Legislature. Lawmakers sent the bill to the governor on Sunday. It would add the training to the requirements for a teaching certificate. Republican Senator Robert Deuell of Greenville has said about a million students in the state suffer from illnesses and addictions that contribute to failing grades, misbehavior, crime and sometimes suicide. He proposed the training to help teachers manage their classrooms. Supporters including mental health care advocates and teaching union officials likened the proposal to training teachers to perform CPR. Libertarian groups argued that the proposal could lead teachers to intervene in family matters and could lead to excessive use of medication.

TxDOT Project Updates

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

HENDERSON – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to begin approximately three weeks of pavement-repair work on U.S. Highway 79 between South Loop 571 and the Star. Also this week in Rusk County, TxDOT maintenance crews are scheduled to perform resurfacing operations on Farm Road 1249 between the Gregg County Line just east of Kilgore and Farm Road 2276. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress. Motorists are encouraged to be prepared to reduce speed and merge in and around the work zones. Read the rest of this entry »

West Nile Hits East Texas

mosquitoPALESTINE — The West Nile virus season is upon us. Carrie Williams with the state health department says a man from Anderson County is recovering — marking the first case of the year. She hopes this year won’t be like last. “Last year was unprecedented,” says Williams. “We had record high numbers of cases. It was the worst year we’ve ever had in Texas of West Nile activity.” North Texas was ground zero for the virus last year; there were 1,868 human cases last year and 89 deaths. Williams says you can protect yourself by using an insect repellent with DEET and wearing long sleeves. Also be aware that disease carrying mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.

East Texans Observe Memorial Day

TYLER — East Texas will be busy Monday with Memorial Day observances. One that always draws a big crowd is scheduled for 11:00am at the Tyler Memorial Park Field of Honor at 12053 State Highway 64 West. Organizers say all veterans and the general public are invited to attend.

Truck Crashes Into TABA Building; Parade of Homes Not Affected

GRANDE_WRECK.1369586965TYLER — The Tyler Area Builders Association building was damaged Sunday morning after a truck ran off the road and crashed into the side of the building. Tyler police told KETK the accident happened at around 1:00 Sunday morning in the 1500 block of Grande Boulevard. Police say a 24-year old man was driving at a high rate of speed, hit a curb and crashed into the building. He was pulled from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police say witnesses on seen reported seeing the truck, along with another, racing before the incident. Police are investigating whether or not alcohol was involved. Read the rest of this entry »

East Texas Woman Killed in Two Vehicle Wreck

VAN ZANDT COUNTY — A 71-year-old Wills Point woman died Saturday afternoon on Texas 64, near CR 3409, in Van Zandt County. According to the Longview News-Journal, Georgia Britt was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup eastbound on the highway when she pulled out from a private drive and into the path of a 2002 Ford pickup occupied by 67-year-old driver Patricia McDaniel and passenger Tommy McDaniel, 58. Britt was pronounced dead at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, where the McDaniels are each listed in stable condition with cuts and bruises. Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt.

Young Woman Died in Rollover Accident

WOOD COUNTY — A 22-year-old woman died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle rollover wreck in Wood County. A 2001 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Megan Trimble of Big Sandy was traveling northeast on FM 2869 about 3:30 when the vehicle went into a side skid and rolled after Trimble over-corrected on a curve east of CR 3490. According to the Longview News-Journal, Trimble was pronounced dead at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler by Smith County Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger. A passenger in the vehicle, Tiffany Weathersby, 25, of Hawkins, is in stable condition at the hospital with upper body injuries and head trauma. DPS Trooper Luke Swinnea said road conditions were clear, and neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.

Two Vehicle Wreck Left One Woman Dead

VAN ZANDT COUNTY — A 71-year-old Wills Point woman died Saturday afternoon on Texas 64, near CR 3409, in Van Zandt County. According to the Longview News-Journal, Georgia Britt was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup eastbound on the highway when she pulled out from a private drive and into the path of a 2002 Ford pickup occupied by 67-year-old driver Patricia McDaniel and passenger Tommy McDaniel, 58. Britt was pronounced dead at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, where the McDaniels are each listed in stable condition with cuts and bruises. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belts.

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