DALLAS — Animal shelters across Texas and the nation are facing issues ranging from overcrowding to lack of funding. So Lindale’s own Miranda Lambert is working on a new campaign to help renovate shelters. The “See What Good Food can do” campaign is headed up by the Pedigree dog food company. The country superstar says, “I…grew up with animals and…rescuing animals my whole entire life — and everybody’s mission here is to improve these animals’ lives so that they can find a forever home.”
TYLER — A warning from the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas: thieves are disguising the actual number they’re calling from, with local numbers they’ve collected. KETK reports calls may appear to be from a local business or even someone you know. When answered, the call goes to a recording that asks for credit card verification. The BBB’s Mechele Mills says, “You can always call them back after actually confirming who made the call, and always remember never to give out your personal or financial information to somebody who initiates a call with you. It’s always better to take the number down, then verify that that’s the actual number for a company or a person that’s called and then decide whether or not you want to call them back.” The BBB says scammers seem to have recently focused their efforts in other states, but will most likely be back.
RUSK COUNTY — The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division has arrested five people as part of a drug sweep.Sgt. David Roberts, spokesman for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, issued a statement Wednesday detailing Operation Ice Storm.… Read More
MARSHALL – An El Paso native is the new police chief in Marshall. At a meeting Wednesday night, the city commission named Jesus Eduardo “Eddie” Campa to the post. He succeeds Interim Marshall Police Chief Le land Benoit who retired in May after taking over for ex-Chief Stan Spence. Campa comes to Marshall from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, where he was the chief deputy.… Read More
TYLER — Tyler ISD trustees this week approved funding for a new swim center. KETK reports the current aquatics center has been in place since the early 1980s and is the only facility for competitive swimmers in the area. But because of its size, it’s never been able to host an actual swim meet. The new structure will be built off Earl Campbell Parkway next to the new Career and Technology Center. Officials say the facility will also offer a chance for community involvement and increased safety awareness. TISD will spend $2 million to build the new aquatics center.
TYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday approved an ordinance revising parking fees downtown. KETK reports more than a third of the parking meters will increase a substantial amount. According to City Engineer Carter Delleney, 137 of the 344 meters in the downtown area will double in price from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour. This will increase the city’s take from $95,000 per year to about $135,000 to $140,000. Officials say the city is also making improvements to allow for more convenience. All of the meters rising in price will take credit cards as a method of payment. The cost of improvements will be covered by the revenue surplus. Price hikes will be on the square and one block east and west, along Elm Street, and down Broadway Avenue. … Read More
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP/Staff) – A man charged with killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota last fall is facing charges in a new alleged incident. Authorities say Joseph Patterson was arrested early Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, interference with emergency communication, and injury to property. A criminal complaint lists a woman as the victim of the allegations. Authorities didn’t immediately disclose her relationship to Patterson. But KETK, citing the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Argus Leader, names her as Ann “Ashley” Doohen. Patterson is being held on a $1,000,000 cash only bond in the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls. … Read More
TYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday proclaimed Tyler a Purple Heart City. “Tyler has a long history of strong support for this nation’s veterans,” said Mayor Martin Heines. “Smith County is home to nearly 18,000 veterans and we are honored to receive the Purple Heart City classification.” According to a city news release, “Thanks to Nick Sciarrini and Lloyd Jones, who lead the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Tyler has been proclaimed as a Purple Heart City honoring those who have been so brave in defending America’s freedoms.” … Read More
KILGORE — A young girl in Kilgore had her bike stolen for the second time just a day after police returned it to her. According to KETK, Kilgore Police received a report of a stolen bicycle from the 700 block of Florey Street on Tuesday. Authorities learned the stolen property was the same bike returned the previous day. The victim stated the pink bicycle was chained to the front porch when it was taken. According to the victim’s grandmother, the bike was found filthy and returned by officers in sparkling condition with an added serial number. They also included a toy pink bear. … Read More
DALLAS (AP/Staff) – The family of the widow killed by a Carthage man later portrayed in the film “Bernie” has filed its objections to the man’s early release. Marjorie Nugent’s relatives say claims that Bernie Tiede was abused as a child shouldn’t have affected his life sentence. They call for Tiede’s bond to be revoked and for him to return to prison. Tiede was convicted in 1999 of killing Nugent, a rich 81-year-old widow who became his companion after her husband’s death. He was released in May after a prosecutor agreed he should not have gotten a life sentence. The murder and its impact in Carthage became the basis of the movie, in which Jack Black played Tiede and Shirley MacLaine portrayed Nugent.
LONGVIEW — Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary says the local Coors plant sustained extensive damage in a Tuesday fire, and the plant is now temporarily closed. Firefighters say an afternoon rainstorm helped crews gain control of the blaze. Several firefighters were treated for dehydration and minor injuries. KETK reports the blaze began shortly before 10:30 Tuesday morning and was finally put out around 3:30 p.m. The fire was caused by soldering and sweating of copper pipes, which then ignited foam insulation. Zackary says workers were repairing the pipes when the fire was sparked.… Read More
TYLER — Tyler Police responded to a report of a vehicle/pedestrian accident early Wednesday morning. It happened in the 900 block of North Beckham Ave. around 2:40. Authorities said a grey Impala struck a Hispanic man, who was said to be walking in the road. The pedestrian suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to East Texas Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the vehicle was not shown at fault for the accident and alcohol does not appear to have played a role in the incident.
TYLER – The new Athletic Director for the Tyler School District is Gregg Priest. He was hired by school trustees Monday night and introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning. An East Texas native, Coach Priest comes to Tyler from Baylor University, where he has served as men’s head golf coach since 2003. Prior to his years in Waco, he has coached in golf programs at The University of Texas at Austin, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tyler Junior College and Pleasant Grove ISD.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Now, he’s Johnny Hoops. Tyler’s Johnny Manziel has been “drafted” by the Harlem Globetrotters, who picked the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback on Tuesday as part of their eighth annual selection of world-class athletes. Manziel has previously been drafted by San Diego Padres, who used one of their late picks on the former Heisman Trophy winner. He was taken in the first round by the Browns in May. “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, the Globetrotters’ director of player called Manziel, who made electrifying plays at Texas A&M, “a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” Dunbar said the Globetrotters like to “think outside the box with our draft.” The basketball ambassadors also selected former U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan, who was left off this year’s World Cup roster.
LONGVIEW — Longview police are investigating a rash of criminal mischief incidents occurring throughout the city. Since the beginning of June, there have been approximately 35 reports of windows being broken out by some type of small object such as a BB or marble. Police say these incidents are causing home and business owners hundreds, in some cases even thousands, of dollars to replace their windows. … Read More
GREGG COUNTY — The eastbound lanes of I-20 near mile marker 593 in Gregg County were reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being shut down at mid-afternoon due to multiple crashes blocking the roadway. That’s according to KETK and DPS Trooper Jean Dark. Dark said troopers worked to reroute traffic while the accidents were cleared.
TYLER — A 50-year-old Palestine, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations. Alvin Westley was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 23, 2013, and charged with federal child pornography violations. He pleaded guilty on January 9 to possession of child pornography. Westley was sentenced yesterday to 156 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Federal prosecutors said on Jan. 26, 2011, Westley knowingly possessed child pornography. At the time of the offense, Westley was a registered sex offender having been previously convicted of three counts of indecency with a child.
TYLER – Authorities in Smith County are investigating a pre-dawn drive-by shooting. Shortly before 2:30 yesterday morning, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a shooting in the 11700 block of County Road 1121. The caller advised that the home had been hit by gunfire. Upon arrival, deputies talked with a woman who lives at the residence. She reported that around 1:00, she and her son were driving their vehicle and had stopped on Frankston Highway when two unknown black males approached them. She said the men appeared to be intoxicated and that both men began making threatening statements and told her they knew where she lived. One of the men then broke a window out of her vehicle with a bottle. … Read More
TYLER – A 58-year-old Arlington man has been sentenced for counterfeiting violations in the Eastern District of Texas. Considered one of the largest digital counterfeiters in recent history, Cloyd Ray Knight III successfully passed more than $400,000 in counterfeit $100 bills. He initially pleaded guilty on May 9, 2013, to passing counterfeit bills, but it took months to bring him to justice after he disappeared. He was finally sentenced to 69 months in federal prison yesterday in Tyler by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis. … Read More
FLORENCE, S.C. (Staff/AP) — A couple has been arrested in South Carolina in connection with the killing of a Parker County man whose partial remains were found in Smith County. According to KETK and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brandon Bernard Daniels, 30, and Damonica Laniesha Evans, 25, were arrested in Florence County, South Carolina, Monday. They were booked into jail on charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery. The duo is reported to be involved in the slaying of Marion Lee Brown, 54, of Weatherford. Brown’s partial remains were found May 23 in a smoldering carpet in northeastern Smith County. His body was later recovered in Cross Lake in Shreveport. Officials say Brown was probably killed in Fort Worth, and the investigation was eventually turned over to Fort Worth police. … Read More
TYLER — Tyler Police report that a suspect who allegedly assaulted a McDonald’s employee outside of the business had already paid for the food he ordered. Authorities say the case is not considered a robbery and will be investigated as an assault. Police have information on who was involved in this incident and will be following up on this case classified as an assault. A previous report indicated that an employee at the McDonald’s at 180 SSW Loop 323 was robbed and assaulted Monday night around 11:55 as she was taking food to a customer waiting outside of the restaurant.
TYLER – Tyler school trustees have named Kim Tunnell as interim superintendent. The action came at a meeting Monday night. Tunnell was most recently serving as Chief Leadership and Performance Officer. She has served Tyler ISD in various roles since coming to the District in 2001, including Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Coordinator of Staff Development and Instructional Consultant and Acting Principal. Before joining Tyler ISD, she served in administrative and teaching capacities in the Sierra Sands United School District in California.… Read More
LONGVIEW – Longview school trustees voted Monday night to table naming lone finalist Horace Williams as the district’s superintendent. He was named lone finalist May 21st. The school board decided not to vote for or against Williams. It also said it is not starting a new search. The Longview News-Journal reports, while the board made no decision, it said it was not starting a new search. School board president Troy Simmons told the paper there is no timeline for picking the process back up. Interim Superintendent James Wilcox, whose contract is good until the end of the year, will remain in charge.… Read More
LUFKIN (AP) — An East Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and her 22-year-old daughter. The Lufkin Daily News reports Kevin McKelvey, 38, pleaded guilty Monday to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Teresa McCoy, 39, and her daughter, Ca’Shaunika Hoyle, were killed last August while trying to retrieve McCoy’s belongings from a mobile home. Hoyle was killed in the home while McCoy shot to death trying to escape in a vehicle along with her 11-year-old twins. McKelvey also pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault for injuries the twins suffered when the vehicle’s window was shot out. He confessed to the killings in a jailhouse interview with the newspaper.
FRANKSTON — According to the Frankston Police Department, a local teacher has been jailed on child sexual assault charges. Police tell KETK they have arrested Rachel Bauer, 24, an agriculture teacher at Frankston High School, after complaints she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Bauer is being held on charges of inappropriate relationship with a student, sexual assault of a child, and criminal solicitation of a minor. Officials say the case is still under investigation and other charges could be brought to light depending on what other evidence, if any, is uncovered.
TYLER – Texas Spine & Joint Hospital has received the Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award from TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. The Texas Hospital Quality Improvement Award program is sponsored by TMF, the Texas Hospital Association, and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. According to a news release, the program recognizes Texas hospitals that have undertaken quality initiatives to improve outcomes in patient care and improve their performance on specific national quality measures. The program was established in 2004 as a non-competitive recognition program designed to recognize exemplary outcomes achieved by hospitals statewide. Texas Spine & Joint Hospital is the only Tyler hospital to win the Gold Award. … Read More
WHITEHOUSE – Officials with the Whitehouse ISD are remembering former student Braxton Nuon, who died over the weekend in a one-vehicle accident. “All of us at Whitehouse ISD are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Braxton,” said Jay Northcutt, Whitehouse High School Agricultural Science and Technology Instructor. “He was friends with everyone and was a hard worker with a true talent for welding.” According to KETK, Northcutt described Braxton (seen here from his Facebook page) as happy, upbeat, and always smiling. Northcutt taught Braxton for two years, most recently in his advanced welding class. “He had a bright future in welding and always put his focus and heart into each project he worked on,” added Northcutt. “He will be deeply missed.” … Read More
CANTON — A man is in custody after reportedly opening fire on a Van Zandt County sheriff’s deputy. According to a news release, on Sunday at approximately 2:50 p.m., the deputy arrived at a rural residence located at 350 Van Zandt County Road 2140, Canton. The law officer was responding to a citizen’s call for service – a criminal trespass complaint, which had been reported by the resident later identified as Stephen Garrett Martin. … Read More