CLEVELAND (AP/STAFF) — Police say a Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the quarterback’s entourage at a downtown hotel Friday and was left with a swollen eye and lip. Chris Conos told police he was assaulted by Tyler’s “Johnny Football and his entourage.” The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the first-round draft pick: “I’m the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug.” Conos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man listed on the report as Dana Kirk. Conos contends he was struck several times in the face and “pushed and attacked” by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. Kirk tells a different story. He said Conos tried to assault Manziel.
KILGORE — The Kilgore Police Department is investigating shots fired early Monday into the home of a Kilgore College trustee. According to KETK, Assistant Chief Roman Roberson says police received a report of shots fired at a house in the 2800 block of Green Hills Drive. The shooting is believed to have happened between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. A bullet hole was found by investigators in the front door of Brian Nutt’s home. No injuries were reported. Authorities say they do not have any persons of interest at this time. Officers will be patrolling the area at the request of the victims, according to police.
GILMER — Authorities in Gilmer are asking for the public’s help finding a missing girl. KETK reports Snowy Turner, 17, has not been seen or talked to any family or friends since Saturday, November 16. Officials said she left a note saying she was leaving but did not take her phone, truck, wallet, or any clothes. Anyone who has seen her or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Gilmer Police Department at 903-843-2552.
CANTON (AP/Staff) – A Texas judge has cleared a woman accused in a fatal wreck after General Motors acknowledged her car would’ve been among millions recalled for an ignition switch problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2004 crash that severely injured her and killed her fiance, Gene Erikson. Investigators say Anderson was driving when her Saturn Ion suddenly veered off a road in Van Zandt County and hit a tree, but the air bags didn’t deploy. Court officials say a judge on Monday expunged Anderson’s record in the case, after GM said the recall condition “may have caused or contributed” to the air bags not deploying. Anderson was charged with criminally negligent homicide. She pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received five years’ probation.
AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been notified by Farmers Branch-based Honors Academy of its decision to cease operation effective December 1, 2014. Landmark School in Palestine, also known as Leadership Academy, is among seven campuses that will be shutting down. According to a TEA news release, TEA’s revocation of the Honors Academy state charter became effective June 30, 2014. Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Honors Academy has been operating as a de facto private school at its seven campuses and falsely holding itself out as a public charter school, a violation of the Texas Education Code, according to the release. … Read More
KILGORE — Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda is responding to asbestos-related claims about the college. Holda cited allegations reported by local media “that some Kilgore College facilities are not safe, that asbestos has been removed improperly and that this removal has been covered up by the college.” Holda says, “I have no evidence from any source that would corroborate any of these allegations. Neither Dalton Smith, KC’s Coordinator of Physical Plant nor any federal investigators have contacted me with specific allegations nor details.” … Read More
LUFKIN (AP) – Police are trying to determine who shot an East Texas postal worker in the leg as she delivered mail in a neighborhood. Lufkin police say the 25-year-old worker was treated for an injury not believed to be life-threatening. Police believe the woman was shot with some sort of air gun or rifle. Nobody was immediately arrested. A spokeswoman with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said Monday that the agency is cooperating with police in the investigation. Leslie McClain had no immediate information on possible charges. The shooting happened Saturday as the postal worker was walking her regular route in Lufkin. She managed to call a supervisor for help. The victim’s name wasn’t released.
MONROE, LA. (AP/STAFF) — A northeast Louisiana prosecutor says he’s dismissing the ticket issued to a Terrell, Texas teenager who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing a wreck that killed five members of his family.
District Attorney Jerry Jones tells The News-Star that the 16-year-old has been punished enough, and there’s no need to add to his pain. KNOE-TV reports that Jones has dismissed the misdemeanor ticket for careless driving. State police say the sport utility vehicle veered off Interstate 20 in Ouachita Parish near Calhoun and flipped, ejecting six of the eight occupants. Three children and two adults were pronounced dead on the scene. The eight people were a blended family traveling to Disney World for a Thanksgiving vacation.… Read More
PALESTINE – Palestine police are looking for the man that robbed a convenience store. The robbery occurred shortly before 9:45 Saturday night at the Chanel Stop and Go, 1907 West Oak Street. The suspect pointed a small handgun at the store’s clerk and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported. The suspect was described as a black male about 5’9” with a thin build. He was said to have been wearing gray sweat pants and a gray hooded top. One witness said he was wearing some type of Halloween mask.
EAST TEXAS — Here’s a quick look at work planned in the Tyler District during the next two weeks: Officials remind drivers that many area roadways have high traffic volumes and that only increases during the holiday season. TxDOT is reminding motorists to slow down, put away the cell phones and pay attention when traveling through work zones so that everyone can safely reach their destinations.… Read More
WINONA — Multiple Smith County fire crews responded to then scene of a massive structure fire in Winona. The fire sparked at a former elementary school in the 600 block of Dallas Street. According to KETK, a man who was living near the building smelled smoke early Sunday morning. It’s not known what sparked the blaze. The building was reportedly destroyed. One firefighter was injured while battling the fire. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries. Crews from Winona, Hawkins, Jackson Heights, and Dixie Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
EAST TEXAS — Two private detectives from Spring are searching the Jacksonville area for clues in a missing person’s case filed this past summer. According to the Jacksonville Daily Progress, investigators Barbara and Martin Renteria said the Spring man’s car was found June 6 on U.S. Highway 79 west between Jacksonville and Palestine. … Read More
HAWKINS — The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two people found shot to death in Hawkins on Wednesday afternoon. Jean Dark, DPS spokeswoman, said the two are identified as Shannon McNabb, 67, and Daniel Lee Faulk, 60. According to Mayor William Rogers, Hawkins police responded Thursday afternoon to the scene in the 100 block of Estelle Street after a home health care worker couldn’t get anyone to answer the door. Officials found that the couple and three dogs dead had been fatally shot. The door was reportedly unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry or theft. The bodies were sent to Dallas for autopsy.
MOUNT ENTERPRISE — Motorists traveling US 259 Highway near Mount Enterprise this morning are advised to use caution. TxDOT will be providing traffic control during recovery operations starting at 8:00am Saturday for an overturned truck that lost its load in a ditch earlier on Friday. The incident occurred in the southbound lanes of US 259 about two miles south of Mount Enterprise. During recovery operations, southbound traffic will be moved to the northbound inside lanes. That means the northbound lanes will carry two-way traffic until the operation is complete. The recovery will include the use of wrecker and crane services to remove the oversized load from the ditch. Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution when traveling through the area.
GILMER — A trial date has been set in the case of a man charged with capital murder in a September 2013 shooting death that occurred at a Gilmer sub-varsity football game. According to the Longview News-Journal, the judge set a Feb. 3 trial date for Jonathan Ray Shepherd, who was arrested in connection with the Sept. 26 shooting death of 29-year-old Cheyenne Green. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Feb. 2. The decision came during a hearing Friday in which Shepherd, 33, was seeking to have his $1 million bond reduced and in which he was requesting a change of venue for his trial. The judge denied both requests. … Read More
TYLER Quick work by the Smith County Sheriffs Department has resulted in the arrest of two robbery suspects. Taken into custody early Friday morning was Jacob Lee Roper, 20, of Tyler and Jacobi TyWan Washington, 21, of Tyler. The two have been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary. Their bonds total $120,000 each.… Read More
JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville police are looking for the man who held up CJ’s Quickstop, located at 613A East Rusk Street. It happened shortly after 7:30 Thursday night. The man took, showed the clerk a handgun, took an undisclosed amount of money, and fled. A “large-bodied” maroon car was seen near the gas station about the time of the robbery. That matches the description of a car used in the robbery of the Rite Track #7 gas station on November 15th. The investigation into the robberies is continuing.
GILMER – A trial date has been set for early next year for a man charged with capital murder in a September shooting death that occurred at a Gilmer 8th grade football game. State District Judge Lauren Parish on Friday set Jonathan Ray Shepherd’s trial date for February 3rd. The date was set after the judge denied motions to reduce his bail and to move the trial from Upshur County. He is accused of the September 26 shooting death of Cheyenne Green, 29. Shepherd is said to have shot his son’s mother at point-blank range. A couple of hours after the shooting, Shepherd surrendered to authorities at the Upshur County Jail. Investigators say its appears as if the shooting followed an argument about parental rights. The couple shared custody of their two year old son.
TYLER — After a 38-year career in community college education and administration, Tyler Junior College Provost Dr. Homer “Butch” Hayes will retire in early 2015. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke made the announcement to TJC faculty and staff this week and bestowed Hayes with the title of “provost emeritus.” “The title of ‘emeritus’ is only given to a person of outstanding merit,” Metke said, “and it is most appropriate to recognize Dr. Hayes in this way, for his many outstanding contributions to Tyler Junior College.” For now, Metke said, there is no plan to initiate a search to replace Hayes. Instead, day-to-day operations in the academic affairs office will be transferred to Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC vice president of student affairs. In January, a transition period will begin and Hayes will begin transferring his provost duties to Mejia, who will become acting provost and assume duties of both academic and student affairs. Hayes will officially leave his post in March 2015.… Read More
MINNEAPOLIS (AP/STAFF) — Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson has a date for his hearing with the NFL. The league has announced the Peterson will be able to appeal his suspension on December 2 with longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson. Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal by himself or appoint someone else. Goodell suspended the Minnesota running back for the rest of the season earlier this week after Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
NEW ORLEANS (AP/STAFF) — Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their “dream trip” was to be a reality. But just a little more than three hours after they left Terrell Wednesday night, their SUV veered off a highway and rolled over in Louisiana, killing the couple and three of the kids. Police believe the couple’s 16-year-old son apparently fell asleep behind the wheel. State police spokesman Michael Reichardt says the driver was cited with careless operation, which is a misdemeanor.… Read More
HAWKINS — The Texas Rangers are investigating two bodies that were found at a Hawkins home. According to Mayor William Rogers, Hawkins police responded Thursday afternoon to the scene in the 100 block of Estelle Street after a home health care worker couldn’t get anyone to answer the door. Officials found two people, both in their 60s, and three dogs dead. The door was reportedly unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry or theft. Identities have not been released. The bodies have been sent to Dallas for autopsy. … Read More
LONGVIEW – A man charged in a Longview shooting death 19 months ago has been sentenced to life in prison. Cedric Bernard Carldwell, 45, plead guilty last month. Yesterday afternoon, Carldwell was sentenced by 124th District Judge Alfonso. The murder charge was enhanced by a 1991 felony conviction on a prohibited weapon charge. He was arrested in April 2013 in the shooting death of Huey Lee “Bull” Gray. The shooting is said to have followed an argument in the 800 block of Walnut Street near Stamper Park. Carldwell is well known by authorities. Since 1987, he has been arrested over a dozen times in Gregg County.
QUITMAN – A third person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two Quitman toddlers this summer. Dalton Lee German, 22, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, has been arrested on charges of injury to a child. He was arrested in Arkansas where he remains in jail. Authorities tell KETK, German is a friend of the girl’s mother, Daphne Elizabeth McDaniels. She was charged earlier this week with capital murder in the case. Another man, Thomas Liles, 19, of Quitman, has also been charged in the case. He was charged this week with injury to a child.
TYLER — Think it’s your lucky day when you get a “government” call saying you’ve been chosen for a grant? After receiving numerous calls this week, BBB Serving Central East Texas is warning consumers about a scam in which someone claiming to be “the government” calls and says you won a grant … if you send them money.
Consumers are getting phone calls telling them they received a grant from “the government,” and they may spend the funds however they want. But in order to get the grant, the caller asks you to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card and load it with money. They request the numbers off the back of the card, and then they take your money. Consumers don’t get any grant money, and they lose their own money in the process.… Read More
MARSHALL — A judge has set the bond for a Marshall man accused of shooting another person on Wednesday. KETK reports Judge Mike Smith set Devonte Xavier Benjamin’s bond at $35,000 for each charge. He was booked into jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm in a weapons free zone. Marshall PD spokeswoman Sonya Johnson stated 911 received a call reporting gunfire at about 3:41 p.m. When police responded to the scene, located at the corner of Carters Ferry and Billups, they found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released.
LONGVIEW – A Gregg County grand jury has declined to return indictments against three officers involved in the shooting of Justin Aguilar on March 9, 2014. According to KETK, the grand jury’s decision means that under Texas law no criminal charges will be filed. According to the autopsy report, the teenage robbery suspect was shot five times by police and had marijuana in his system. The autopsy for Aguilar, 15, was returned in June and was released by authorities last month. The Forest Park Middle School student was a suspect in the attempted robbery of the New-Way convenience store in the 1300 block of South Green Street in Longview March 9th. He was shot in a standoff with officers.… Read More
CHANDLER — Authorities are warning of scam artists preying on East Texans in the Chandler area. According to KETK, city of Chandler officials say several men claiming to be from a roofing company are knocking on doors and asking to check the homeowner’s roof and attic for problems. The con artists then lie to the owners about their house. Police stated the elderly are their main target. The scammers have been known to be driving a red Chevrolet extended cab truck with paper tags, according to authorities. You’re asked to call the Chandler Police Department at 903-849-2181 if you see or talk to such individuals.
AUSTIN – The Texas Medical Board has disciplined 39 physicians at its November meeting. Two are from this area. They are Tyler physician Dr. Lloyd Faust Mercer Jr., who was cited for violating the board of rules. And disciplinary action was taken against Dr. Teri Lynne Baumgartner of Athens for quality of care.… Read More