LONGVIEW — One person has been killed in a head-on collision near Longview. It happened just before 12:00 Monday afternoon on Farm Road 2208 near Alpine Road in Harrison County. Rachel Elizabeth DeLorme, 19, of Hallsville, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Department of Public Safety report, DeLorme’s car swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup driven by Phillip Lamar Martindale, of Arp. Martindale was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.… Read More
TYLER — A senior Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) student at John Tyler High School, Breana Mobley, received first place in the Joseph S. Raumbaugh Oration Contest hosted by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) at their state convention in Houston. Breana will represent the Texas SAR as she competes in the National Sons of the American Revolution Congress Convention June 28 in Louisville, Kentucky. In the Oration contest, contestants prepare and deliver a speech that must be original, no less than five minutes or more than six minutes, and must discuss an event, personality, or document that pertains to the Revolutionary War. The event discussed must also show a relationship to America today.… Read More
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will meet with the NFL on Tuesday to discuss his playing status. The person spoke Monday to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. Peterson, a Palestine, Texas native, was suspended under the NFL’s personal conduct policy through at least April 15 due to a child abuse case involving his young son, a decision he appealed. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he planned to meet with Peterson before that date to determine his status.
TYLER – A policy change has been instituted at the Smith County Sheriff’s Department pertaining to the timely filing of cases. According to a news release, the policy change states, Pursuant to Texas Criminal Code, Article 17.151, within 90 days, a defendant accused of a felony and detained in jail pending trial of an accusation against him must be released either on personal bond or by reducing the amount of bail required, if the state is not ready for trial of the criminal action for which the defendant is being detained. In such a case, a judge makes the determination of personal bond or reduced bail, but does not dismiss the charges for which the defendant was jailed. … Read More
TYLER — There was a school bus crash near the intersection of Loop 323 and the Old Troup Highway in Tyler Monday afternoon. It occurred shortly before 3:45. A pickup struck the rear of the bus as it was preparing to stop at the railroad tracks. There were only a few students aboard the bus and none were injured.
PALESTINE — Several agencies are investigating an Easter Sunday homicide in Anderson County. According to KETK, Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says deputies were dispatched to a home in the 3000 block of FM 320 at around 6:06 p.m. When law enforcement made it to the scene, they found a man on the front porch of the house with an apparent gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim was take to a Palestine hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The man was identified as 34-year-old Michael Cecil Espinosa. An autopsy was performed in Tyler on Monday. Taylor said officials are awaiting the results. … Read More
TYLER — Arrest warrants were issued Monday by State District Judge Christi Kennedy of Tyler for two robbery suspects recently caught in Alabama. Kennedy set bonds on each suspect at $150,000 on each count. Both suspects were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. Both are expected to be transported back to Smith County in the near future to await trial. … Read More
MARSHALL — An East Texas man was arrested Friday night after police allegedly found him in possession of meth. KETK reports the arrest happened just before 7:00 p.m. in the 5600 block of E. End Blvd. in Marshall. Officers were conducting a traffic stop when they became suspicious and requested permission to search the vehicle, according to to police. Officers say that during the search, they located a clear plastic bag containing meth hidden in the rear of the vehicle. They also reportedly found a .25 caliber pistol in the glovebox. The driver, Michael Easley, 25, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.
EAST TEXAS – The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG), in partnership with 46 agencies across East Texas, will host a three-day Mass Fatality Exercise April 7th through April 9th. The Tyler and Longview areas will be just two of the communities involved. This exercise will incorporate local and regional hospitals, volunteer agencies, cities, counties, school districts, and various state/federal agencies. The exercise will simulate a widespread influenza outbreak causing mass fatalities. The purpose of the full-scale exercise is to test mass fatality preparedness, to practice use of the mobile medical unit, and to train on techniques such as medication disbursement and agency coordination, according to information from ETCOG. … Read More
HOUSTON (AP/Staff) – A Tyler man on death row for the slaying of a 93-year-old woman a decade ago at her home in Tyler has lost an appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices Monday, without comment, refused to review the case of 31-year-old Clifton Lamar Williams. Williams was condemned for the July 2005 beating, strangling, and stabbing of Cecelia Schneider. Her body was set on fire and her car and purse containing $40 were stolen. DNA and fingerprint evidence linked Williams to her slaying. Prosecutors said he used the money to buy crack cocaine. Appeals lawyers contended Williams had deficient legal help at his 2006 Smith County trial and that he was mentally impaired, making him ineligible for the death penalty. Williams doesn’t yet have an execution date.
DAINGERFIELD — One person is dead, another behind bars following a stabbing Saturday night in Daingerfield. KETK reports it happened just before 10:00 in the 400 block of McReynolds Street. Officers say they found 63-year-old Lester Williams dead with several stab wounds. They later found and arrested 56-year-old Mark Frazier. He has been charged with felony murder. Officials are still investigating.
WILLS POINT — An East Texas town is coming together to honor the victims and survivors of a November fatal crash. The Wills Point Baseball/Softball Association will host its first ever Hardman/Watson Memorial Scholarship Tournament, April 11-12. According to KETK, the tournament will honor the memory and legacy of a family whose lives were lost on their way to Disney World for a vacation. … Read More
SMITH COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews in Tyler continue to perform base repairs on State Highway 135 between Troup and Arp with the roadway reduced to one travel lane and flaggers conducting traffic. The same work is being conducted on Farm Road 2015 from Farm Road 16 to Farm Road 14 Expect lane closures.… Read More
CAMP COUNTY – A body has been recovered following a drowning in Camp County. The drowning occurred around 3:30 Saturday afternoon at Barefoot Marina on Lake Bob Sandlin. Camp County Sheriff Alan McCandless tells KETK the body of Dante Thomson, 18, of Cason, was pulled from the water about an hour later. Witnesses tell investigators Thomason had been jumping into the water off of a nearby bridge before the incident. The drowning remains under investigation.
LONGVIEW – A member of the Longview Police Department K9 team has died. According to the Departments Face Book page, K9 Vestos died Friday due to kidney disease. Vestos served with LPD Officer Anthony Minyard for several years. The department said “Vestos was an asset to the team and will be greatly missed.
CANTON – A three vehicle accident in Van Zandt County has killed one person. The accident happened around 10:15 Saturday morning on State Highway 19, about 3½ miles south of Canton. Killed was Clayton Cleaver, 77, of Canton. The Department of Public Safety says his southbound pickup failed to yield the right of way and turned into the path of a pickup driven by John Forrester, 21, of Frankston. When they crashed, a pickup driven by Sharilyn Moore, 60, of Fairfield, who driving behind Cleaver, hit the other vehicles.
TYLER (AP/STAFF) – Some in East Texas were able to witness a lunar eclipse Saturday morning. Clouds cleared out in the Tyler area so the eclipse was visible in Smith County. The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled. Early risers in the western U.S. and Canada should have been able to catch a glimpse before dawn Saturday. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earth’s shadow lasted several minutes, making it the shortest lunar eclipse of the century. The total eclipse was unusually brief because the moon passed through the upper part of Earth’s shadow. Longer eclipses occur when the moon passes through the middle of the shadow. The next total lunar eclipse occurs in September.
JACKSONVILLE – One person has been killed and one injured in a two vehicle accident in Cherokee County. It happened just before 6:15 Friday night on U.S. Highway 175, about 3½ miles northwest of Jacksonville. Dead at the scene was Larry Hinton, 63, of Jacksonville. Injured was Jerry Houser, 56, of Jacksonville. He was flown to Tyler’s East Texas Medical Center for treatment. The Department of Public Safety reports Houser was traveling northwest when he left the road and lost control. He is said to have overcorrected and came back on the road, ending back up in the opposite lane of traffic when he collided with Hinton’s vehicle.
SMITH COUNTY – A 70 year old woman has been flown to a Tyler hospital following a stabbing. Her daughter has been charged in the case. Injured was Sue Neely. She received multiple stab wounds to her upper body and is expected to recover. Her daughter, Stephanie Cable, 55, has been charged with aggravated assault against a family member. State District Judge Jack Skeen set her bond at $750,000. Sheriff Larry Smith says the stabbing occurred on Scenic Drive off of Farm Road 344 near Lake Palestine, where the two women lived. No word on what caused the argument that led up to the stabbing.
SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing on Scenic Drive off FM 344 near Lake Palestine. The victim, a female in her 70s, was life flighted to a Tyler hospital late Friday afternoon. Responding patrol deputies have a female believed to be in her fifties in custody, according to information from the sheriff’s office. Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit were dispatched to the scene. Sheriff Larry Smith said more information will be provided as it becomes available.
TYLER — The City of Tyler Parks Department is ready to celebrate the completion of the new Bergfeld Park playground. Everyone is welcome to meet at South College Avenue and West 2nd Street this afternoon at 1:00, according to a city news release. Several area churches donated funds for a portion of the new playground through Gospel Village, along with other donors from the neighborhood and local businesses. Officials say the event is an opportunity for church members, neighbors, and citizens to celebrate completion of this phase of the Bergfeld Master Plan. … Read More
LUFKIN — Officials say Catherine Grove, 28, has left the Church of Wells and is reunited with her family in Arkansas. According to KETK, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Captain Alton Lenderman says Catherine left Lufkin for Fayetteville, Arkansas, with her father, Andy, around 2:00 a.m. Friday. Grove left Wells around 9:30 p.m. and was spotted by a passerby, a woman, walking on U.S. 69 toward Angelina County. The woman stopped to talk to her and recognized Catherine from past media reports. … Read More
TYLER — The Kappa Sigma fraternity at the University of Texas at Tyler has been suspended as part of an investigation. According to KETK, the initial report appeared in the university’s student newspaper, the Patriot Talon. UTT Director of Marketing and Communications Beverly Golden says both the the university and the national fraternity are investigating the case and both have suspended the UTT fraternity. The newspaper reports that in recent days, multiple statements have shown up on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media app, concerning reported allegations of rape and sexual assault occurring during frat functions or by a Kappa Sigma member. But the university denies any allegations or discovery of sexual assault. The app allows users to anonymously post and view “Yaks” within a 10-mile radius. … Read More
TYLER — An East Texas woman who stopped driving due to deteriorating vision seven years ago is back behind the wheel. Meghan Dodd, 27, noticed a blind spot in the center of her vision when she was 18. It grew and a year later she was declared legally blind. She’s starting to drive again with the help of bioptics. It’s a rectangular box attached to the front of her frames which acts like a magnifier. Now Meghan, who works at the East Texas Light House for the blind, is about to get her license again and she’s thrilled. There are some restrictions. She can drive only during the day and go no faster than 45mph.
AUSTIN (AP/Staff) — An Upshur County State Trooper, who agreed to a photo with Snoop Dogg at the South by Southwest music festival, has issued a statement after he was reprimanded by his superiors. They reportedly told him that he shouldn’t have posed with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background. Billy Spears was working security when the rapper asked for a picture with him. The artist posted it to Instagram, which Department of Public Safety and Transportation officials saw. Spears’ attorney says his client wasn’t aware the rapper has been convicted several times of drug possession. Spears can’t appeal the citation, because it wasn’t a formal disciplinary action. A department spokesman says the agency doesn’t typically discuss or release specifics of personnel issues unless they result in disciplinary action.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A new K9 has officially joined the Longview Police Department. Named Indio, the dog was purchased with money donated by Ray Shelby of Longview. He gave the money late last year and it was used to buy the dog in February. Officer David Ceal and Indio trained for several weeks in San Antonio. Last week Indio started riding with the officer on his evening patrols.
TYLER — They had to go out of state to do it, but detectives with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and Tyler Police Department have made two arrests in two recent aggravated robberies. One occurred in Smith County at the Food Fast, 11812 Hwy. 64 West on March 13. The second happened at the Valero, 2211 WSW Loop 323 in Tyler on March 14. KETK reports the suspects are identified as Alexander Wahl and Stephanie Morelos. According to information received during the investigation, both suspects were believed to be in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama area. It was also determined that both had warrants for their arrest for violation of probation out of Smith County stemming from a previous charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to Sheriff Larry Smith. … Read More
SMITH COUNTY — An East Texas grandmother has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of intoxication manslaughter for causing a wreck that killed her grandchild. According to KETK, it happened July 31, 2014. Officials said Glynda Denise Morrow, 54, of Chandler, was traveling on County Road 1113, also known as Lake Placid Road, with her 5-year-old granddaughter, Lydia Sykes. Morrow’s SUV ran off the road and hit a tree. Both Morrow and Sykes were taken to the hospital, the child died from her injuries. Troopers reported Morrow’s blood alcohol content was over the state’s legal limit of .08. On Wednesday, she was found guilty in the 114th District Court of Judge Christi Kennedy. Her sentencing was handed down Thursday.
TYLER — A DPS report obtained by our news partner KETK reveals Carl Crabtree’s blood alcohol content level (BAC) was twice the legal limit during a recent fatal accident. In a report filed on March 4, Crabtree’s BAC returned at .16. The legal limit is .08. There was also a traceable amount of an unknown drug within his system. … Read More
TYLER — More glowing reports were heard Thursday at the 26th Annual Tyler Economic Development Council Investors and Contributors Appreciation Luncheon. Guest speaker Carlton Schwab, executive director of the Texas Economic Development Council, addressed Tyler as well as the Longview/Kilgore area. Schwab commented, “This region’s strong, and it’s a testament to the economic development efforts around here.” Schwab added that economic development is important in any community because of “incredible” competition from the regional to the global level — and he noted the importance of economic diversification. Schwab also expressed faith that the state’s current House speaker and governor will lead Texas down the right road economically. … Read More