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Accused Titus County Bank Robber Arrested

Dennard Francis ScottMOUNT PLEASANT — A suspect in the robbery of a Mount Pleasant bank is in custody. The holdup occurred around 11:00 Wednesday morning at the Pilgrim Bank at 2401 South Jefferson Avenue. A description of the robber and his SUV was broadcast to area law enforcement agencies. KETK reports deputies with the Camp County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle at the Pitt Stop Gas Station located at 908 North Greer in Pittsburg. Taken into custody was Dennard Francis Scott, 30, of Mount Pleasant. Investigators say they found money taken in the robbery in the suspect’s vehicle.

Open House on Tyler 1st Comprehensive Planning Process

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — As part of the Tyler 1st comprehensive planning process, the City of Tyler is seeking input from residents about Tyler’s business environment and the economy. To add your input, you can attend an open house today from 5:00 till 7:00pm at Park Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2450 East Fifth Street, behind Posados. You can also go to or and complete an online survey.

One Injured as SUV Crashes into Business, Damages Cars

rac3LONGVIEW — A man identified as Clarence Barnes Jr., 79, of Longview, was hospitalized in stable condition after he crashed his SUV into a Longview business Wednesday morning. The Longview Fire Department tells KETK the SUV slammed into the Rent-A-Center in the 1700 block of West Loop 281. The SUV damaged parked cars before driving into the building. The building is being assessed by fire officials. They say there is no threat of collapse, but there is considerable damage to the glass and brick.

Henderson County Officials: Two Fugitives Arrested

Joy Lynn EverettATHENS — Authorities say Tuesday marked the end of a long road for two Henderson County fugitives. According to KETK, Joy Lynn Everett (pictured) and Pete Quinonez have been captured. Everett was convicted in February 2012 for Possession of a Controlled Substance and sentenced to eight years in prison in April 2012. She appealed the case and was released on bond. On April 24, 2013, the Twelfth Court of Appeals in Tyler affirmed the conviction, securing Everett’s eight year sentence. Authorities say she’d been on the run ever since, until Tuesday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Final Suspect Arrested in Tyler Murder Case

browningmugtpdTYLER — The fourth and final suspect in the June 15th homicide at Tyler’s American Inn Motel has been taken into custody. Michael Tekielleon Browning, 34, of Tyler, was arrested around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the America’s Best Value Inn at I-20 and Hwy. 155 North. Tyler police and U.S. Marshals collaborated in the arrest. The third suspect surrendered to authorities around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. Broderick Lavar Smith was taken into custody at the Tyler police department. Monday morning, Lawrence Murphy, 20, turned himself in at the police department. Darian Pilkinton, 18, of Tyler, turned himself in Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioners Test Scofflaw Program

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Smith County commissioners agree to test a new scofflaw program. KETK reports the program would block registration of a vehicle if the person has outstanding citations. Some commissioners voiced concern with the program at Tuesday’s meeting. Precinct 1 Commissioner Jeff Warr says he’s willing to give it a try but remains skeptical on the difference it’ll make in the number of fees collected. He compares it to when the state began requiring everybody to buy insurance. According to Warr, “I was an agent before you had to. The percentage of people driving in the state of Texas with insurance or without insurance hasn’t changed at all.” The program will be up for review in six months.

Master Plan Unveiled for Stewart Park

Stewart Master PlanTYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday voted unanimously to approve the adoption of a master plan for Gladys and T.B. Stewart Park. According to a city news release, the plan includes approximately 2,600 linear feet of concrete trails, 900 linear feet of decomposed granite trails, icons describing the rich history of the St. Louis Community, an area devoted to a community garden with a barn/garden shelter, a small pond, a picnic pavilion with nearby playground, an heirloom garden, and a pavilion/stage for outdoor events that opens onto a lawn area. The plan also includes restrooms, a 19 car parking lot and a windmill. The park site is a nine-acre parcel comprising open meadows, mature hardwoods, a stand of pines and a drainage swale. The site also contains a rock house with a garage. Read the rest of this entry »

Police: Beware of Internet Scams

thumb_police-tyler-badgeTYLER — The Tyler Police Department is warning citizens about the dangers of Internet fraud cases and has issued an advisory on how to avoid being scammed. Police say they’re receiving an increasing number of fraud cases in which citizens are being defrauded of sums of money due to Craigslist scams on the Internet. Most scams involve one or more of the following:

1) Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country.
2) Western Union, Money Gram, cashier’s check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a “guarantee”.
3) Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consummating transaction.

The suspects tend to target the elderly and victims looking for an easy way to make money. Read the rest of this entry »

Schaefer Opposes U.S. Supreme Court Action on DOMA

Matt Schaefer4TYLER (Staff/AP) — Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, disagrees with U.S. Supreme Court action Wednesday on the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. Schaefer said, “The Supreme Court ruling cuts away the power of the people to govern themselves, and increases the Court’s own power in a way our Founders never intended. This is a terrible blow to the Constitution. The history of mankind has proven that the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman is the best way to build a secure family. The Supreme Court has departed from that deeply rooted tradition. However, I will not move one inch on defending marriage in Texas. I will always oppose same-sex marriage. We must prepare for fierce assaults on our conservative values.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Names New City Attorney

Deb Office Pic 1TYLER — During Wednesday’s Tyler City Council meeting, City Manager Mark McDaniel announced the appointment of the new City attorney, Deborah Pullum. The current city attorney, Gary Landers, announced his retirement in May and plans to stay with the City until May 2014. “I am pleased that the new city attorney is someone whose legal knowledge and judgment I know and respect,” said Landers. “I look forward to her tenure as Tyler’s City attorney. The City is in good hands.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nacogdoches County Fatal Accident

DPS badgeNACOGDOCHES — A one vehicle accident south of Nacogdoches has left one person dead and one injured. Eladio Flores, 58, died early Tuesday morning in a Nacogdoches hospital from injuries received in the Monday night accident. A passenger, Ester Flores, 70, was injured. The Department of Public safety reports the man was driving a van when he lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the median and flipped several times, stopping in a ditch. The accident happened on U.S. Highway 59, about a mile south of Farm Road 2782.

Henderson County Mobile Home Fire

Coffee City fire 6-25-13COFFEE CITY — A mobile home just outside of Coffee City has been destroyed by fire. KETK reports the fire was reported around 9:00 last night in the 7400 block of Betsy Lane. No injuries reported. While the fire is thought to have started in the front of the mobile home, the cause remains under investigation.

Texas Lawmakers Investigate UT System Regent

Wallace Hall U-T regentAUSTIN (AP) — The Texas House has launched a formal investigation into University of Texas System regent Wallace Hall (pictured) of Dallas and will consider whether to impeach him. House Speaker Joe Straus assigned the investigation Tuesday to the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations. The co-chairman of the panel is Representative Dan Flynn of Van.

Republican Representative Jim Pitts asked lawmakers to investigate Hall. Pitts has objected to Hall’s continued use of massive open records requests for emails and other documents searching for information from and about campus President Bill Powers, other school officials and legislators. Hall, who was appointed by Governor Rick Perry, also failed to disclose his involvement in several lawsuits when he filled out a questionnaire prior to his Senate Confirmation. The committee will investigate Pitts’ allegations of wrongdoing and can recommend impeachment to the full Texas House.

Good Shepherd Medical Associates Welcomes New Physician

Paul KyserLONGVIEW — Good Shepherd Medical Associates has announced that Longview native Paul Kyser, MD has joined the multi specialty group. Prior to his medical training, Dr. Kyser, was the production director for KTBB for several years. Dr. Kyser is board certified in Internal Medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

Judge Recuses Herself in Case of Former Upshur County Commissioner

parish__lauren_lnjGILMER — Upshur County 115th District Court Judge Lauren Parish has recused herself from the case of former County Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree, who along with his son is accused of holding a game warden at gunpoint. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. The order of recusal signed late Monday by Parish states she was excusing herself from the trial because 115th District Court Coordinator Teena Henson may be called to testify as a witness in pretrial matters. The order says the coordinator’s testimony may be “critical” to some pretrial matters. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Links Keystone Approval to Carbon Emissions

thumb_barackobamaWASHINGTON (AP/Staff) – President Barack Obama says that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn’t worsen carbon pollution. Obama says allowing the oil pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so is in the nation’s interest. He says that means determining that the pipeline does not contribute and “significantly exacerbate” emissions. Obama was speaking at Georgetown University on measures he intends to take to confront climate change. Environmental activists have demanded that the administration not approve the pipeline. The Keystone XL would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through eastern Smith County and other parts of East Texas along the way.

Police: Summer a Good Time for Citizens to Participate in Operation I.D.

thumb_police-longview-shieldLONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department encourages its citizens to participate in the ongoing Operation Identification program. Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizens’ burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The program involves marking property with an identifying number or numbers, or letters, as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered. Police say in communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in burglary reduction. Operation ID has also been instrumental in the recovery of citizens’ property and the arrest of suspects, according to police. Read the rest of this entry »

City of Tyler Announces “Warrant Special”

thumb_TylerMunicipalCourt-frontTYLER — In an effort to bring closure to unresolved warrants, the Tyler Municipal Court has announced its participation in a “Warrant Special” from July 1 to 13. Municipal Court will open Saturday, July 13, from 8:00am to 1:00pm to take last minute payments. Any person paying his or her warrants in full will have the warrant fees removed,a savings of up to $50 per warrant. The special price does not apply if the person was already contacted, is in custody by the City Marshals or Police, or is appearing before the judge. Read the rest of this entry »

Several Schools Beef Up Campus Security

GREGG COUNTY — Work is wrapping up at one Gregg County school district and beginning at another on measures to heighten security. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, Pine Tree ISD officials filed building permits with the City of Longview, detailing $100,000 in security upgrades they expect to be in place before the 2013-14 school year. Read the rest of this entry »

So Far, No Arrests Following Gregg County Stabbing Death

jeremyLIBERTY CITY — Gregg County Sheriff’s deputies hadn’t made any arrests but said they have identified a so-called person of interest in the Monday morning stabbing death of a Kilgore man. Deputies found Jeremy Dewayne Miller (pictured), 27, suffering from a serious injury to his abdomen when they answered an aggravated assault call about 2 a.m., in the 600 block of McQueen Road, between Kilgore and Sabine. Read the rest of this entry »

East Texas Drowning Victim Identified

davyjonesGLADEWATER — Officials have identified a Gladewater man who drowned in Prairie Creek while taking a swim during a fishing outing with his son. Officials said the drowning occurred Saturday evening near Prairie Creek Bridge on Texas 135. Gregg County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson identified the victim as Timothy Matthew Carson, 36. He said the two decided to take a swim while fishing on the creek Saturday evening. The father went under and failed to surface. His body was found about 8:15 p.m., and an inquest was performed about 9:45. Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long said that while the investigation was continuing, there was no sign of foul play in the man’s death. “It appears to be an accident, no suspicious activity,” Long said. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Shelby County Residents Guilty of Federal Gun/Drug Violations

Justice Department logoBEAUMONT — Six residents of Center have pleaded guilty to gun and drug violations before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin in Beaumont. The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on April 17, 2013 and arrested the following day. Sentencing dates have not been set. They are identified as Lakeva Shillette Hill, a/k/a Sugar Momma, 35, Lester Earl Pitts, 48, Vincent Jermaine Lathan, a/k/a Reed Cartwright, 36, Cornelius Vansharles Gray, 36, Anthony Gene Chumbley, 46 and Andrae Demarkqudell Pegues, a/k/a Mark, 33. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Charged with Capital Murder in Lufkin

Rakeem Levon RhodesLUFKIN — A Lufkin man has been arrested in Nacogdoches County on a capital murder warrant out of Angelina County. Rakeem Levon Rhodes,20, was arrested in an apartment on Oak Hill Drive Monday morning. He was taken into custody after Nacogdoches County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals surrounded an apartment. He has been transferred to Lufkin and booked into the Angelina County Jail. Rhodes was arrested in connection with the June 12th death of Albert Hodge. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a house in the 700 block of Weaver Avenue. He later died at a Lufkin hospital. A witness told investigators two young black men had shot Hodge and then ran from the scene

Gregg County Death Under Investigation

Gregg County Sheriffs Office patchLIBERTY CITY — An stabbing in Gregg County has left one person dead. Sheriff’s deputies were called to 642 McQueen Road shortly after 1:45 yesterday morning. They found Jeremy Dewayne Miller, 27, of Kilgore, in the home with a serious stab wound to his abdomen. He died about an hour later at Longview’s Good Shepherd Medical Center. According to a news release from Lt. Kirk Haddix, Gregg County Investigators, Kilgore Police Detectives and the Texas Ranger assigned to Gregg County are currently working on the case. Persons of interest have been identified but no arrests have been made at this time. Additional information may be available upon completion of the autopsy.

Kilgore Man Jailed on Fraud, Drug Charges

kilgorefraudlnjKILGORE — A Kilgore man remained behind bars Monday morning under bonds totaling $160,000 after what started as a response to a criminal trespass call. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. Officers were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. Friday to the 3500 block of Cedar Street, where they found Gerald Hosea Gibson, according to Kilgore Assistant Police Chief Roman Roberson. Officers searched Gibson after they found he had a warrant for possession of a controlled substance, Roberson said. “The officers also found he had three checks belonging to other folks,” Roberson said. Gibson is being held in the Gregg County Jail on three charges of fraudulent use/possession of identifying information and a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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