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Two Sought for Credit Card Abuse and Theft

smithcotheft040814TYLER — Two East Texas men are wanted in connection with credit card abuse and theft in Smith County. According to KETK, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office says the two men are wanted for using a stolen credit card at stores in the Flint-Gresham area. If you have any information on the identities or location of these men, contact Detective Gray at 903-590-2956.

Emergency Warning System Test Today

Outdoor Siren-2TYLER – This morning at 11:00, the City of Tyler, Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler will activate the Outdoor Warning System along with the Tyler Emergency Alert System (Sudden-link Communications). The City of Tyler Outdoor Warning Systems will be activated starting with a test message. That message will be followed with approximately a 30-second steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second alternate steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second pulsed steady tone, followed by Westminster Chimes. The test will end with a test message.… Read More

Officials Probe Criminal Mischief Case

LONGVIEW — Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office request assistance in a criminal mischief case. On Sunday at about 3:00 p.m., Gregg County deputies responded to the Dyersdale Energy Lease off Highway 42 in Kilgore. Officials say unknown persons intentionally dumped approximately 200 barrels of crude oil on the ground from a holding tank on the lease. The cost of the oil is in excess of $20,000. Officials say the cost of the cleanup of the site may likely exceed $50,000.

One Person Pulled from Vehicle in Water

DIANA — Emergency crews responded Monday around 12:15 p.m. after a driver crashed into a pond on FM 1844 near Diana. According to KETK, the Gilmer Fire Department reports firefighters from multiple departments were dispatched to help rescue the driver, the only person inside the vehicle. The unidentified person was pulled from the vehicle without injury.

Officials: Woman Calls Police to Complain about Drug Quality

Evelyn HamiltonLUFKIN (AP/Staff) – Police in Lufkin have arrested a woman after they say she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer. Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper said Monday that an officer went to the home of Evelyn Hamilton, 37, to hear her complain that the dealer refused to give her money back after she objected to the drug’s quality. Casper says she pulled the small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it. She was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton said Monday she spent $40 on “seeds and residue.” According to police, she says she called police when she got no satisfaction from the dealer’s family.

Airport Sees Growth in Rental Car Activity

image007TYLER — Tyler Pounds Regional Airport reports that rental car activity at the airport is at an all-time high. According to a city news release, the number of cars rented shows growth for the second year in a row. In 2012 rental car activity increased by 5.7%, then in 2013 it increased an additional 15.8%. The year-to-date activity for 2014 shows an 18.1% increase in the number of cars rented compared to the same time last year. “We are hopeful this indicates a continued growth trend,” said Airport Manager Davis Dickson.… Read More

County Road 138 Closed After Storms; CR 3101 Damaged

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Smith County Road 138 has been closed after sustaining severe damage during torrential rains on Sunday, according to a county news release. The Smith County Road and Bridge Department is currently working to replace a culvert and a missing section of the road. CR 138 is located in the Flint area between Old Jacksonville Highway and Highway 69 South. County Road 3101 also sustained damages during the storm and is currently down to a single lane. Crews are on site and expect CR 3101, also known as Barber Road, to be fully restored within a day.

Pinkerton Golf Event Postponed

thumb_salvationarmy-4TYLER — The 9th annual Don Pinkerton Memorial Charity Golf Tournament set for Monday was postponed due to a soaked course following Sunday’s rains. KETK reports the event, which benefits the Salvation Army, has been re-scheduled for June 2.

Lambert, Musgraves Shine at ACM Awards

thumb_miranda-lambert-2LAS VEGAS (AP/Staff) – Lindale’s own Miranda Lambert (pictured) added to her growing list of honors Sunday night, taking home three Academy of Country Music awards. Lambert won her fifth straight female vocalist of the year award, and her performance of “Mama’s Broken Heart” was named single record of the year. Lambert also teamed up with Keith Urban to win vocal event of the year for “We Were Us.” Album of the year honors went to Wood County native Kacey Musgraves for “Same Trailer Different Park.”

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 — Construction crews from contractor APAC-Dallas, Inc. on Monday began work to reshape northbound U.S. Highway 69 between Toll 49 and Cumberland Road to lower the grade of the roadway to allow better access and sight distance into the new development in the area. The project will also add two traffic signals in the area to facilitate easier access for southbound traffic turning into the development.… Read More

Driver Killed in One Vehicle Accident

DPS badgeRUSK COUNTY — One man has been killed in a one vehicle wreck in Rusk County. DPS officers said the accident happened around 3:00 Sunday morning on Farm Road 782 near Lake Cherokee. The vehicle reportedly ran off the road into a patch of trees. DPS officers say the driver died at the scene. According to KETK, family members told them the driver was Brad Boykin. DPS officers say they are still trying to determine what caused the accident.

Van Ran Through Store Front

payless_wreckTYLER –A Tyler store had to close early Saturday night after a car crashed through the side of the building. The accident happened around 7:15 at the Payless shoe store in the 1100 block of East 5th Street. Witnesses told KETK a woman was backing out of the parking lot when she hit a pole. Her car then rolled forward through the frony of the building. No injuries were reported.

Funeral Services for Fire Marshal Jim Seaton Set for Today

JIM_SEATON.1396541712TYLER — Funeral services are set for Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton. Seaton died Thursday morning at age 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Seaton had been with the county 27 years and served as county fire marshal the past 14 years. “Jim will be greatly missed by Smith County citizens and the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson. Funeral services for Seaton will be this afternoon at 1:30 at Green Acres Baptist Church with burial in Tyler Memorial Park.

Three Men Arrested after Bar Fight

DocumentFragment_4412625LONGVIEW — Three East Texas men are behind bars after a nightclub fight. It happened at a Longview club called “The Bar” shortly before 11:15 Thursday night. According to KETK, when Longview Police arrived on scene, they found several people with stab wounds. Authorities arrested Eugenio Vega (pictured), 39, Daniel Vega-Hernandez, 44 and James Wright, 53. All three were booked into Gregg County Jail and charged with assault causing bodily injury. Vega-Hernandez was also found to have three unpaid driving violations. It is unknown how many people were injured, but according to Longview Police, the injuries were non life threatening

TMA Visitors Asked to Use Alternate Entrance Sunday, April 6

thumb_tylerartmuseumTYLER – The Tyler Museum of Art will be open for business during the Charter Reserve Bike Race Sunday, April 6, on the Tyler Junior College campus, but museum visitors are asked to use an alternate entrance, Executive Director Chris Leahy announced. The TMA’s main entrance at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. will be closed to traffic to accommodate the race course. To reach the TMA on Sunday, visitors should turn left off East Fifth Street onto South Palmer Avenue and pull into the TJC faculty parking lot, located directly behind the museum property. The museum will remain open throughout its regular Sunday hours of 1 to 5 p.m.

Van Zandt County Man Gets Life without Parole in Double Murder

donny_greenhowvanzandtcoCANTON — A Van Zandt County man accused of a 2012 double murder pleaded guilty to those charges Thursday. Donny Lee Greenhow accepted a plea deal to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole, according to the Van Zandt County District Clerk’s Office. KETK reports the convict murdered Peter Shick, 74, and his wife, Latricia Shick, 55, both of Ben Wheeler. Officials said he was friends with the victims. On August 3, 2012, authorities found the couple dead in their home. Greenhow’s fingerprints left behind on a stolen Kaufman County vehicle linked him to the case. He was eventually caught in Ripley, Tennessee, by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on August 16. Greenhow was transferred back to Van Zandt county and charged with capital murder.

CPS Searching for Mother Suspected of Taking Tyler Toddler

3464272_GTYLER — A child safety alert continues for 19-month-old Xander Alexander of Tyler. KETK reports Child Protective Services is seeking the whereabouts of the toddler. He is believed to be with his mother, Macy McCombs. The department was granted temporary managing conservatorship of Xander and has not been able to locate him to this date. Authorities suspect the child is in the Smith County area. If you have any information on the location of Xander, contact The Department of Family and Protective Services at 903-279-3420 or 1-800-252-5400.

Former Sportswriter Gets 12 Years in Sex Case

harold_wilsonTYLER — A former East Texas sportswriter has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a local teenager. KETK reports Harold Lamonte Wilson, 36, of Tyler will be behind bars after turning himself in for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl. He was indicted in October by a Smith County grand jury, according to documents released by the 241st Judicial District Court. Wilson was arrested by police on June 26, and was held on $100,000 bond in the Smith County Jail until he was released later that night. According to Texas law, a child is defined as a person younger than 17 years old. Wilson was a sportswriter for ET Final Score and the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

City Terminates Lake Tyler Marina Lease Pact

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — The city of Tyler has terminated its lease agreement with the management team that has been operating the Lake Tyler Marina. According to a city news release, this action comes after the city spent several months and years seeking corrective action on maintenance issues associated with the marina property. “The marina is an important asset to the city,” said Managing Director of Water Utilities Greg Morgan. “We have been working with the manager of the marina to rectify several issues and have been unsuccessful. Ultimately we chose to terminate the agreement in the best interests of the community.” … Read More

Longview Store Drops Synthetic Marijuana Sales

K2LONGVIEW — A Longview shop with a reputation for selling synthetic marijuana has changed its name and is no longer selling the substance. KETK reports the Glass Dragon on North Fredonia is now called Longview Vapor Store. The shop specializes in e-cigarettes instead of synthetic marijuana. Longview police say out of three locations, only one continues to sell the substance. Law officers say they hope businesses in Longview don’t sell the synthetic marijuana, which police term dangerous to people. Officers say they’ve been writing citations to businesses selling it, including the former Glass Dragon.

Two Locations Added to County Wide Clean Up for Saturday Only

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Citizens wishing to take part in the Smith County Wide cleanup this weekend may take advantage of two locations added for this Saturday only. Along with the Greenwood Farms Landfill, citizens will also have the opportunity to drop off bulky items Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Spring Creek Baptist Church, 13915 CR 46, and Jones Valley Church of God in Christ on Texas College Rd. The Clean Up continues through April 12. … Read More

One Juvenile Arrested Following Pawn Shop Break-In

lvpawnshoptheft3GREGG COUNTY — Authorities have taken one juvenile into custody in connection with the Cherokee Pawn Shop burglary. The Longview Police Department announced the arrest Friday morning but could not release any more details because the suspect is a juvenile. According to Longview Police, a group of local teenagers stole a beige Ford F-250 and drove into the Cherokee Pawn Shop located in the 2700 block of Gilmer Road this week. According to KETK, when officials and the store owner arrived on scene, the suspects had fled with six stolen guns.

UT Tyler Education Professor Earns State Award

U-T Tyler SignTYLER — A professor of education at The University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. Robert Stevens, has received the 2014 “Best Book Award for Civil War Historical Fiction” from the Texas Association of Authors. He was honored for the novel titled, Master Robert. The award recognizes exemplary fiction for young adults. This is the third year the association has selected winning titles. “I am both delighted and overwhelmed,” said Stevens. “This is my first historical novel – a real experiment for me.” … Read More

LeTourneau Students Going for World Record

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — Students at LeTourneau University seek to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of 3D printers operating simultaneously. The attempt got underway Friday afternoon at 3:00 in the Solheim Arena of the Solheim Recreation Center on the LETU campus, 2100 South Mobberly Avenue. The student engineering team is seeking to set the world record with at least 50 3D printers printing the same commemorative coin simultaneously during the public 3D printing demonstration event.

Man Arrested for Robbery

Bernard MitchellTYLER — A Tyler man has been arrested after being accused of stealing items from a store and assaulting the store manager. Taken into custody yesterday afternoon was Bernard Mitchell, 72. Police say Mitchell was supposedly upset over the service he received at the CPU Store at 201 Rice Road. He is said to have gone behind the counter, hit the store manager in the head with his fist, took a couple of computer motherboards and left the store. The store manager received minor injuries. Mitchell was taken to the hospital for treatment for a cut to his head, then booked into the Smith County Jail. Police Sgt. Luke Shafer said Mitchell was charged with robbery due to the fact he committed an assault during the commission of a theft.

Tyler Economic Development Council Marks 25 Years

thumb_tom-mullinsTYLER — The Tyler Economic Development Council Thursday looked back on its first quarter-century, holding its 25th Annual Investors and Contributors Appreciation Luncheon. Tom Mullins (pictured) has headed up TEDC from the beginning. He says the economy was under a good deal of stress when his agency started up, and that TEDC supporters are “very pleased” to have been part of the growth and diversification that have occurred since then. … Read More

Suspect Sought in Whitehouse-Area Burglary

whitehouseburglary040314WHITEHOUSE — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a March burglary that happened in the Whitehouse area. According to KETK, officials say the homeowner determined that among the items taken was a bank card. That same day, the suspect used the stolen card to make purchases at Dollar General in Whitehouse and then at Walmart on Troup Highway in Tyler. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect. If you have information on his identity, call 903-566-6600.

Missing Teen Found

destinybattensbymissingLONGVIEW — Harrison County investigators have found a teenager who had been missing since March 25. According to officials, Destiny Battensby, who was considered a runaway teen from the Longview area, was found around noon Wednesday in Cass County, and her mother made arrangements to pick her up. According to KETK, law enforcement says she left her house March 25 with an unknown male and was possibly in Texarkana or Hughes Springs. Law enforcement is issuing a word of thanks to all who helped get the word out about Battensby.

Serious Injuries in Longview Dump Truck Mishap

lviewwreckLONGVIEW — A mechanic has been seriously injured in Longview while repairing a dump truck. It happened in the 1600 block of Whitney Street near the intersection of Neal Street shortly after 12:15 Wednesday afternoon. According to the Longview Fire Department, a man was repairing a dump truck when the bed fell on him. KETK reports safety bars were not in use when the accident occurred. After 20 minutes, authorities were able to pull the man from beneath the bed. He was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center. The man worked for the dump truck company, said fire officials. The employee’s identity has not been released.

County Commended For Transparent Financial Reporting

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — The Smith County Commissioners Court was commended for keeping transparent financial records and for exceeding conventional reporting requirements in an annual independent financial audit report presented by Henry & Peters, P.C., during a regular meeting this week. CPA Tal Glenn thanked the Smith County Auditor’s staff for its cooperation and assistance during the 3-week investigation to produce the report. For the last four years the county has elected to participate in a “comprehensive” financial report, the highest level of reporting that can be performed for a governmental entity, going above and beyond what is required, according to a county news release. … Read More

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Two Sought for Credit Card Abuse and Theft

Posted/updated on: April 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

smithcotheft040814TYLER — Two East Texas men are wanted in connection with credit card abuse and theft in Smith County. According to KETK, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office says the two men are wanted for using a stolen credit card at stores in the Flint-Gresham area. If you have any information on the identities or location of these men, contact Detective Gray at 903-590-2956.

Emergency Warning System Test Today

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

Outdoor Siren-2TYLER – This morning at 11:00, the City of Tyler, Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler will activate the Outdoor Warning System along with the Tyler Emergency Alert System (Sudden-link Communications). The City of Tyler Outdoor Warning Systems will be activated starting with a test message. That message will be followed with approximately a 30-second steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second alternate steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second pulsed steady tone, followed by Westminster Chimes. The test will end with a test message.… Read More

Officials Probe Criminal Mischief Case

Posted/updated on: April 9, 2014 at 2:27 am

LONGVIEW — Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office request assistance in a criminal mischief case. On Sunday at about 3:00 p.m., Gregg County deputies responded to the Dyersdale Energy Lease off Highway 42 in Kilgore. Officials say unknown persons intentionally dumped approximately 200 barrels of crude oil on the ground from a holding tank on the lease. The cost of the oil is in excess of $20,000. Officials say the cost of the cleanup of the site may likely exceed $50,000.

One Person Pulled from Vehicle in Water

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm

DIANA — Emergency crews responded Monday around 12:15 p.m. after a driver crashed into a pond on FM 1844 near Diana. According to KETK, the Gilmer Fire Department reports firefighters from multiple departments were dispatched to help rescue the driver, the only person inside the vehicle. The unidentified person was pulled from the vehicle without injury.

Officials: Woman Calls Police to Complain about Drug Quality

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

Evelyn HamiltonLUFKIN (AP/Staff) – Police in Lufkin have arrested a woman after they say she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer. Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper said Monday that an officer went to the home of Evelyn Hamilton, 37, to hear her complain that the dealer refused to give her money back after she objected to the drug’s quality. Casper says she pulled the small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it. She was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton said Monday she spent $40 on “seeds and residue.” According to police, she says she called police when she got no satisfaction from the dealer’s family.

Airport Sees Growth in Rental Car Activity

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

image007TYLER — Tyler Pounds Regional Airport reports that rental car activity at the airport is at an all-time high. According to a city news release, the number of cars rented shows growth for the second year in a row. In 2012 rental car activity increased by 5.7%, then in 2013 it increased an additional 15.8%. The year-to-date activity for 2014 shows an 18.1% increase in the number of cars rented compared to the same time last year. “We are hopeful this indicates a continued growth trend,” said Airport Manager Davis Dickson.… Read More

County Road 138 Closed After Storms; CR 3101 Damaged

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Smith County Road 138 has been closed after sustaining severe damage during torrential rains on Sunday, according to a county news release. The Smith County Road and Bridge Department is currently working to replace a culvert and a missing section of the road. CR 138 is located in the Flint area between Old Jacksonville Highway and Highway 69 South. County Road 3101 also sustained damages during the storm and is currently down to a single lane. Crews are on site and expect CR 3101, also known as Barber Road, to be fully restored within a day.

Pinkerton Golf Event Postponed

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 2:17 am

thumb_salvationarmy-4TYLER — The 9th annual Don Pinkerton Memorial Charity Golf Tournament set for Monday was postponed due to a soaked course following Sunday’s rains. KETK reports the event, which benefits the Salvation Army, has been re-scheduled for June 2.

Lambert, Musgraves Shine at ACM Awards

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 2:16 am

thumb_miranda-lambert-2LAS VEGAS (AP/Staff) – Lindale’s own Miranda Lambert (pictured) added to her growing list of honors Sunday night, taking home three Academy of Country Music awards. Lambert won her fifth straight female vocalist of the year award, and her performance of “Mama’s Broken Heart” was named single record of the year. Lambert also teamed up with Keith Urban to win vocal event of the year for “We Were Us.” Album of the year honors went to Wood County native Kacey Musgraves for “Same Trailer Different Park.”

TxDOT Project Updates

Posted/updated on: April 8, 2014 at 2:16 am

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 — Construction crews from contractor APAC-Dallas, Inc. on Monday began work to reshape northbound U.S. Highway 69 between Toll 49 and Cumberland Road to lower the grade of the roadway to allow better access and sight distance into the new development in the area. The project will also add two traffic signals in the area to facilitate easier access for southbound traffic turning into the development.… Read More

Driver Killed in One Vehicle Accident

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

DPS badgeRUSK COUNTY — One man has been killed in a one vehicle wreck in Rusk County. DPS officers said the accident happened around 3:00 Sunday morning on Farm Road 782 near Lake Cherokee. The vehicle reportedly ran off the road into a patch of trees. DPS officers say the driver died at the scene. According to KETK, family members told them the driver was Brad Boykin. DPS officers say they are still trying to determine what caused the accident.

Van Ran Through Store Front

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

payless_wreckTYLER –A Tyler store had to close early Saturday night after a car crashed through the side of the building. The accident happened around 7:15 at the Payless shoe store in the 1100 block of East 5th Street. Witnesses told KETK a woman was backing out of the parking lot when she hit a pole. Her car then rolled forward through the frony of the building. No injuries were reported.

Funeral Services for Fire Marshal Jim Seaton Set for Today

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

JIM_SEATON.1396541712TYLER — Funeral services are set for Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton. Seaton died Thursday morning at age 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Seaton had been with the county 27 years and served as county fire marshal the past 14 years. “Jim will be greatly missed by Smith County citizens and the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson. Funeral services for Seaton will be this afternoon at 1:30 at Green Acres Baptist Church with burial in Tyler Memorial Park.

Three Men Arrested after Bar Fight

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

DocumentFragment_4412625LONGVIEW — Three East Texas men are behind bars after a nightclub fight. It happened at a Longview club called “The Bar” shortly before 11:15 Thursday night. According to KETK, when Longview Police arrived on scene, they found several people with stab wounds. Authorities arrested Eugenio Vega (pictured), 39, Daniel Vega-Hernandez, 44 and James Wright, 53. All three were booked into Gregg County Jail and charged with assault causing bodily injury. Vega-Hernandez was also found to have three unpaid driving violations. It is unknown how many people were injured, but according to Longview Police, the injuries were non life threatening

TMA Visitors Asked to Use Alternate Entrance Sunday, April 6

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 2:28 am

thumb_tylerartmuseumTYLER – The Tyler Museum of Art will be open for business during the Charter Reserve Bike Race Sunday, April 6, on the Tyler Junior College campus, but museum visitors are asked to use an alternate entrance, Executive Director Chris Leahy announced. The TMA’s main entrance at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. will be closed to traffic to accommodate the race course. To reach the TMA on Sunday, visitors should turn left off East Fifth Street onto South Palmer Avenue and pull into the TJC faculty parking lot, located directly behind the museum property. The museum will remain open throughout its regular Sunday hours of 1 to 5 p.m.

Van Zandt County Man Gets Life without Parole in Double Murder

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 2:28 am

donny_greenhowvanzandtcoCANTON — A Van Zandt County man accused of a 2012 double murder pleaded guilty to those charges Thursday. Donny Lee Greenhow accepted a plea deal to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole, according to the Van Zandt County District Clerk’s Office. KETK reports the convict murdered Peter Shick, 74, and his wife, Latricia Shick, 55, both of Ben Wheeler. Officials said he was friends with the victims. On August 3, 2012, authorities found the couple dead in their home. Greenhow’s fingerprints left behind on a stolen Kaufman County vehicle linked him to the case. He was eventually caught in Ripley, Tennessee, by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on August 16. Greenhow was transferred back to Van Zandt county and charged with capital murder.

CPS Searching for Mother Suspected of Taking Tyler Toddler

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

3464272_GTYLER — A child safety alert continues for 19-month-old Xander Alexander of Tyler. KETK reports Child Protective Services is seeking the whereabouts of the toddler. He is believed to be with his mother, Macy McCombs. The department was granted temporary managing conservatorship of Xander and has not been able to locate him to this date. Authorities suspect the child is in the Smith County area. If you have any information on the location of Xander, contact The Department of Family and Protective Services at 903-279-3420 or 1-800-252-5400.

Former Sportswriter Gets 12 Years in Sex Case

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 2:27 am

harold_wilsonTYLER — A former East Texas sportswriter has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to having a sexual relationship with a local teenager. KETK reports Harold Lamonte Wilson, 36, of Tyler will be behind bars after turning himself in for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl. He was indicted in October by a Smith County grand jury, according to documents released by the 241st Judicial District Court. Wilson was arrested by police on June 26, and was held on $100,000 bond in the Smith County Jail until he was released later that night. According to Texas law, a child is defined as a person younger than 17 years old. Wilson was a sportswriter for ET Final Score and the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

City Terminates Lake Tyler Marina Lease Pact

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — The city of Tyler has terminated its lease agreement with the management team that has been operating the Lake Tyler Marina. According to a city news release, this action comes after the city spent several months and years seeking corrective action on maintenance issues associated with the marina property. “The marina is an important asset to the city,” said Managing Director of Water Utilities Greg Morgan. “We have been working with the manager of the marina to rectify several issues and have been unsuccessful. Ultimately we chose to terminate the agreement in the best interests of the community.” … Read More

Longview Store Drops Synthetic Marijuana Sales

Posted/updated on: April 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

K2LONGVIEW — A Longview shop with a reputation for selling synthetic marijuana has changed its name and is no longer selling the substance. KETK reports the Glass Dragon on North Fredonia is now called Longview Vapor Store. The shop specializes in e-cigarettes instead of synthetic marijuana. Longview police say out of three locations, only one continues to sell the substance. Law officers say they hope businesses in Longview don’t sell the synthetic marijuana, which police term dangerous to people. Officers say they’ve been writing citations to businesses selling it, including the former Glass Dragon.

Two Locations Added to County Wide Clean Up for Saturday Only

Posted/updated on: April 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — Citizens wishing to take part in the Smith County Wide cleanup this weekend may take advantage of two locations added for this Saturday only. Along with the Greenwood Farms Landfill, citizens will also have the opportunity to drop off bulky items Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Spring Creek Baptist Church, 13915 CR 46, and Jones Valley Church of God in Christ on Texas College Rd. The Clean Up continues through April 12. … Read More

One Juvenile Arrested Following Pawn Shop Break-In

Posted/updated on: April 6, 2014 at 5:59 am

lvpawnshoptheft3GREGG COUNTY — Authorities have taken one juvenile into custody in connection with the Cherokee Pawn Shop burglary. The Longview Police Department announced the arrest Friday morning but could not release any more details because the suspect is a juvenile. According to Longview Police, a group of local teenagers stole a beige Ford F-250 and drove into the Cherokee Pawn Shop located in the 2700 block of Gilmer Road this week. According to KETK, when officials and the store owner arrived on scene, the suspects had fled with six stolen guns.

UT Tyler Education Professor Earns State Award

Posted/updated on: April 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm

U-T Tyler SignTYLER — A professor of education at The University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. Robert Stevens, has received the 2014 “Best Book Award for Civil War Historical Fiction” from the Texas Association of Authors. He was honored for the novel titled, Master Robert. The award recognizes exemplary fiction for young adults. This is the third year the association has selected winning titles. “I am both delighted and overwhelmed,” said Stevens. “This is my first historical novel – a real experiment for me.” … Read More

LeTourneau Students Going for World Record

Posted/updated on: April 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm

LeTourneau Logo6LONGVIEW — Students at LeTourneau University seek to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of 3D printers operating simultaneously. The attempt got underway Friday afternoon at 3:00 in the Solheim Arena of the Solheim Recreation Center on the LETU campus, 2100 South Mobberly Avenue. The student engineering team is seeking to set the world record with at least 50 3D printers printing the same commemorative coin simultaneously during the public 3D printing demonstration event.

Man Arrested for Robbery

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Bernard MitchellTYLER — A Tyler man has been arrested after being accused of stealing items from a store and assaulting the store manager. Taken into custody yesterday afternoon was Bernard Mitchell, 72. Police say Mitchell was supposedly upset over the service he received at the CPU Store at 201 Rice Road. He is said to have gone behind the counter, hit the store manager in the head with his fist, took a couple of computer motherboards and left the store. The store manager received minor injuries. Mitchell was taken to the hospital for treatment for a cut to his head, then booked into the Smith County Jail. Police Sgt. Luke Shafer said Mitchell was charged with robbery due to the fact he committed an assault during the commission of a theft.

Tyler Economic Development Council Marks 25 Years

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

thumb_tom-mullinsTYLER — The Tyler Economic Development Council Thursday looked back on its first quarter-century, holding its 25th Annual Investors and Contributors Appreciation Luncheon. Tom Mullins (pictured) has headed up TEDC from the beginning. He says the economy was under a good deal of stress when his agency started up, and that TEDC supporters are “very pleased” to have been part of the growth and diversification that have occurred since then. … Read More

Suspect Sought in Whitehouse-Area Burglary

Posted/updated on: April 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

whitehouseburglary040314WHITEHOUSE — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a March burglary that happened in the Whitehouse area. According to KETK, officials say the homeowner determined that among the items taken was a bank card. That same day, the suspect used the stolen card to make purchases at Dollar General in Whitehouse and then at Walmart on Troup Highway in Tyler. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect. If you have information on his identity, call 903-566-6600.

Missing Teen Found

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

destinybattensbymissingLONGVIEW — Harrison County investigators have found a teenager who had been missing since March 25. According to officials, Destiny Battensby, who was considered a runaway teen from the Longview area, was found around noon Wednesday in Cass County, and her mother made arrangements to pick her up. According to KETK, law enforcement says she left her house March 25 with an unknown male and was possibly in Texarkana or Hughes Springs. Law enforcement is issuing a word of thanks to all who helped get the word out about Battensby.

Serious Injuries in Longview Dump Truck Mishap

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

lviewwreckLONGVIEW — A mechanic has been seriously injured in Longview while repairing a dump truck. It happened in the 1600 block of Whitney Street near the intersection of Neal Street shortly after 12:15 Wednesday afternoon. According to the Longview Fire Department, a man was repairing a dump truck when the bed fell on him. KETK reports safety bars were not in use when the accident occurred. After 20 minutes, authorities were able to pull the man from beneath the bed. He was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center. The man worked for the dump truck company, said fire officials. The employee’s identity has not been released.

County Commended For Transparent Financial Reporting

Posted/updated on: April 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

thumb_smithcounty-sealTYLER — The Smith County Commissioners Court was commended for keeping transparent financial records and for exceeding conventional reporting requirements in an annual independent financial audit report presented by Henry & Peters, P.C., during a regular meeting this week. CPA Tal Glenn thanked the Smith County Auditor’s staff for its cooperation and assistance during the 3-week investigation to produce the report. For the last four years the county has elected to participate in a “comprehensive” financial report, the highest level of reporting that can be performed for a governmental entity, going above and beyond what is required, according to a county news release. … Read More

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