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Two Weak Twisters Cause Damage in East Texas

tornado-weakLOVELADY (AP) — Surveys by National Weather Service teams have determined that damaging windstorms that swept parts of East Texas on Sunday were weak tornadoes. One of the tornadoes, which a survey team classified as of EF-1 strength, destroyed three mobile homes in the town of Lovelady. The Enhanced Fujita Scale describes an EF-1 as one of 73-113 mph capable of severely damaging outbuildings, tearing the roof from a weak wood-frame house and causing minor damage to a strongly built wood-frame house. Houston County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy G. P. Shearer says one woman was injured in the Sunday afternoon storm when three trees fell on her mobile home. An EF-0 tornado also spun across a highway 2 miles north of Pittsburg, causing billboard and roof damage.

South Beckham Avenue Road Closure

Road Closed1TYLER — As of 9:00 this morning, South Beckham Avenue will be closed between Front Street and Line Street, to thru traffic, while the water department makes sewer repairs. Detour signs are being posted. South bound thru traffic will be detoured at Line Street east to Commerce Street, continuing east to Loop 323, south to Front Street, then west to the intersection of Beckham Avenue and Front Street. North bound traffic will be detoured at Front Street east to Loop 323, north to Commerce Street, then west to Line Street, continuing west to the intersection of Line Street and Beckham Avenue. The intersection of Beckham Avenue and West Erwin Street will be closed to all traffic. This street closure and detour shall remain in effect until further notice.

Former Candidate for Mayor in Kilgore Shot to Death

Marc MathisonHALLSVILLE – A shooting in Hallsville has left a man dead. It happened shortly after 7:45 Monday morning at 541 Appaloosa Lane. Shot twice was Marc Mathison, 51. He was taken to Longview’s Good Shepherd Medical Center where he died just around 9:15 Monday morning. His girlfriend, identified as Carolyn Faye, is said to have called 911 to say she had shot Mathison and need an ambulance and sheriff’s deputies. The initial report was the woman acted in self- defense. The shooting remains under investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Emails: Nugent Show was Canceled Over Comments

Ted NugentLONGVIEW (AP) — Emails show that plans for a Ted Nugent concert in East Texas were canceled after the shock rocker drew criticism for calling President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” The Longview News Journal reported Sunday that emails between city officials show the concert was canceled a week after Nugent made headlines for divisive remarks that surfaced while he campaigned with Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. The newspaper obtained the emails under open records laws. Nugent apologized for the Obama slur. But a few days later, a city official sent an email to employees saying that the Longview city manager’s office had ordered the concert canceled because of the comments. The city of Longview paid more than $16,000 to break off negotiations with Nugent.

TxDOT Project Updates

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

TYLER – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews this week are scheduled to continue base and pavement repairs on East Loop 323 between the Loop 323 Extension and Commerce Street.
Meanwhile, construction crews have resumed paving work on Farm Road 14 between North Loop 323 in Tyler and Interstate Highway 20. Motorists should expect long delays in this area.
Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic in two-lane areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Die in I-20 Accident

DPS badgeSMITH COUNTY – A two vehicle accident in Smith County has killed two persons. The Department of Public Safety says the accident happened shortly before 4:45 Saturday afternoon on Interstate Highway 20, near U.S. Highway 271, about 8 miles north of Tyler. Dead at the scene was a Dallas couple, Eddie Eugene Allison, 47, and Kamesha Shardae Allison. The Department of Public Safety reports the accident occurred when the couple’s motorcycle hit the rear of a tractor-trailer rig. The truck had stopped because of another accident on the interstate.

Missing Longview Snake Found

Burmese pythonLONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department says a missing snake has been found. They had been looking for a 16 foot long Burmese Python. It is similar to the one seen in the picture. The snake escaped from a home on Lynwood Lane. The snake was described as tan with brown spots and missing one eye. It was found in the attic of it’s home.

Three John Tyler Students Competition Winners

John Tyler Citizen Bee winnersTYLER — Three seniors from John Tyler High School recently took first, second and third place honors at the Region 7 Texas Citizen Bee competition held in Kilgore. Under the direction of teacher Patty Tucker, DaVonte Wilson, 17, took first place, Jasinto Martinez, 17, placed second and Raul Olmos, 17, placed third in the competition. DaVonte will join first place winners from the other 19 regions across the state to compete in the State Citizen Bee Competition in Austin on Saturday, April 26. Read the rest of this entry »

East Texan with Alleged Ties to Mexican Cartel Arrested

ericmcquilliamsmugMINEOLA — An East Texas man with alleged ties to the Mexican drug cartel is in the Wood County Jail after he was arrested during a drug interdiction stop. According to KETK, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Wood County Sheriff’s Office investigators encountered and arrested Eric McQuilliams, 25, of Mineola on Highway 80 in Mineola. According to authorities, McQuilliams claimed to have ties with the cartel, and authorities say he admittedly is one of the largest dealers in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Smith County Wide Clean Up Nearly Over

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — The 2014 Smith County Wide Clean Up event will be wrapping up today. Smith County citizens can bring trash and bulky items to the Greenwood Farms Landfill for free through midday Saturday. The county’s Environmental Crimes Unit, Sheriff’s Office, Precinct Constables, and Commissioners Court are working together to host the event, which kicked off March 31. Read the rest of this entry »

Tickets on Sale Now for Leadercast 2014

TYLER — Tyler will once again be a host site for the worldwide Leadercast 2014 conference taking place on Friday, May 9. The Tyler venue will be the Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center. The one day event is broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme, “Beyond You,” challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward, according to press materials. “Leadercast is a top-quality learning opportunity and will benefit all who want to improve themselves and have a positive impact on others,” said Carroll Roge, president of Leadership Tyler. Read the rest of this entry »

Authorities Seek East Texas Burglar Who Takes Only Lingerie

thumb_police-4LUFKIN (AP) – The Lufkin area’s “Panty Burglar” may have struck again. A burglary this week in Lufkin where, the only missing items are women’s or girl’s underwear, is at least the 17th such break-in over the past two years. The latest case believed to have occurred Tuesday is the first since December. Police spokesman Sgt. David Casper tells The Lufkin Daily News the owners of a home reported to police on Wednesday that all of the woman’s panties had been taken, including those waiting to be laundered. Both city police and Angelina County sheriff’s deputies have been at the home to check on similarities with the previous burglaries both in the city and the county. Casper says authorities still don’t know much more than that the underwear is gone.

Man Jailed after Police Find 100 Grams of Meth

donaldstonemugGLADEWATER — A 45-year-old Gladewater man has been jailed after Gladewater police found 100 grams of methamphetamine. KETK reports that Wednesday morning, officers with the Gladewater Police Department began a project targeting specific locations allegedly involved in the trafficking of illegal narcotics. Police Chief Rob Vine said the specific locations were selected due to information being brought to the police department by citizens indicating these locations were in some way involved with the use or sale of drugs in the city. Officers from the Gladewater Police Department Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Administration, Litter Abatement, the Lake Warden, the School Resource Officer, the city’s Warrant Officer and two investigators from the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office were all involved in the project. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Accused of Killing Wife in 2011 Back Behind Bars

kellyHENDERSON COUNTY — An East Texan accused of beating his wife to death in 2011 is back behind bars. Kelly Gage was booked in the the Henderson County Jail Thursday on charges of assault and family violence. According to KETK, Gage was accused of beating his wife, Patti, to death in a drunken rage on Thanksgiving Day. He was released after prosecutors couldn’t find enough evidence to convict him. Henderson County Jail staffers could not confirm if Thursday’s arrest is connected to to the 2011 incident. They did say Gage is set to be transferred to the Smith County Jail in the coming days.

Authorities: Homeowner Kills Armed Individual

thumb_Van-Zandt-County-Sheriffs-DeptBEN WHEELER — Van Zandt County authorities say an armed man was killed by a homeowner Wednesday night. According to a county press release, during the late night hours, the Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 4 Constable Pat Jordan responded to a shooting near Ben Wheeler. Upon arrival, sheriff’s investigators say they determined that around 10:30 p.m. an individual later identified as Michael Todd Brown, 40, of Canton, drove to the home, apparently got out of his vehicle, and began randomly shooting a 9mm handgun and threatening the homeowner. The homeowner advised deputies that Brown had been at the home earlier and had been instructed to leave the property and not return. Investigators believe Brown returned to the home intending to assault the homeowner. Read the rest of this entry »

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