TYLER — With summer coming, it’s just about time for the The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program. The kickoff is Tuesday at 11:45am at City Park, 200 West Queen Street in Tyler.The program provides free nutritious meals to children at over 60 sites throughout East Texas. Fifteen of the sites are in Tyler. The food bank’s Karolyn Davis said ” kids should not miss out on the fun and excitement of summer vacation, nor should they miss any of the meals provided by the national school breakfast and lunch programs.… Read More
TYLER — In a state district court in Tyler today, a judge has dismissed murder charges against Kerry Max Cook. A hearing is scheduled June 29th in Cook’s efforts to have himself declared innocent in the 1977 murder. The court Monday approved an agreement between District Attorney Matt Bingham and Cook’s lawyers to dismiss the charges. Cook was convicted in 1978 of the stabbing death of Linda Jo Edwards. He was sentenced to death. Cook maintained his innocence, and the verdict was overturned. A second trial ended in mistrial and a third trial sent him back to death row. Cook later pleaded no contest to the killing for a sentence of time served. Oral arguments are scheduled June 29th in Cook’s efforts to clear his name. At that time, DNA evidence is scheduled to be presented as well as a parade of witnesses. His lawyer’s contend the new evidence will show Cook was wrongly convicted. If the judge agrees, the case will be sent to the court of criminal appeals for final disposition. Because of the up coming hearing, Bingham would not comment on the case.
UPSHUR COUNTY — 19-year-old Haley Johnson (pictured) of Big Sandy has died in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 154, six miles west of Gilmer. The accident also injured four others, at least one critically. According to DPS Trooper Jean Dark, preliminary investigation revealed that a Kia Soul was traveling west and a Chevrolet 1500 was traveling east in the westbound lane Friday night. The driver of the Kia veered left to avoid a collision, at which time the Chevrolet veered right, and the vehicles struck.… Read More
TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in TxDOT’s Tyler district during the Week of June 6. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.
On Monday in Longview, FM 2275/George Richey Road will be closed beginning at SH 300/Gilmer Road going east to the Spring Hill High School entrance for construction. This location will remain closed to traffic throughout the summer. Spring Hill High School traffic should use Spring Hill Road for access. Longview motorists can also expect brief delays Monday on FM 2087 at the Sabine River Bridge as work is conducted. Expect southbound to be closed with the northbound lane carrying two-way traffic. Flaggers will provide traffic control. … Read More
LONGVIEW — The line of mourners stretched out of Trinity Episcopal Church, down to Padon Street, and around the block. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report they had come Saturday to pay their respects to Ron Horaney, the Longview businessman shot and killed Monday night at his home. Horaney, 54, was co-owner of the longtime Horaney’s Feed Store with his mother, Betty Horaney. His impact on the Longview community, including much of his charitable work, was the focus of the people gathered Saturday afternoon. … Read More
ANDERSON COUNTY — Anderson County game wardens say the body of a 36-year-old Jacksonville man was found in the Neches River behind Lake Palestine spillway. KETK reports the victim, Israel Rincon, was trying to help children Saturday night around 7:00. According to game wardens, some children were playing in the water. One or more got into distress. Adults jumped in to try and help the children. Rincon went under and was missing before a crew found his body. There were no other injuries.
TYLER — The work of three regional artists working in an unconventional medium is the spotlight of the Tyler Museum of Art’s newest major exhibition, according to a museum news release. “Pieced Together: Collages by Lance Letscher, Mark Lewis & Mary McCleary,” opens today and continues through Sept. 18. Admission is free. The exhibition features close to 30 works exploring the technique of collage, drawing inspiration from a vast array of thoughts and feelings, people, and places, according to the release. The display was organized by the TMA and curated by the museum’s Caleb Bell. You can call (903) 595-1001 or visit http://www.tylermuseum.org for more information about the exhibit or the museum.
TROUP — Due to reduced pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Troup Public Water Supply to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. According to a notice from City Manager Gene Cottle, to ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.… Read More
LONGVIEW — Fourth Street in Longview will be closed between Highway 80 and Jefferson Street from June 5 through June 6 and June 12 through June 13 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Officials say the closure will allow for street repairs with asphalt overlay on Fourth Street. Drivers wishing to travel between Jefferson Street and Highway 80 should use alternate routes along Third or Sixth Street. The purpose of the project is to replace deteriorated asphalt and overlay. The project is being constructed by Reynolds and Kay of Tyler. If you have any questions related to construction, call the city’s project manager, Kevin Chumbley, at 903-237-1112.
TYLER – Officials with UT Health Northeast announced that Tyler philanthropists Joseph Z. and Louise H. Ornelas will be the recipients of the 2016 Galaxy Award during a dinner and ceremony September 13 at Green Acres Baptist Church CrossWalk Conference Center. In a statement, UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun cited “the numerous heartfelt gifts” given to multiple entities by the honorees. Calhoun added that their contributions to UT Health Northeast “have been key to expansion on many areas of our campus.” UT Health Northeast Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Chief Development Officer Derrith Bondurant said that the Galaxy Award was created both to spotlight “stars” of philanthropy and to raise scholarship funds for students in healthcare and research.… Read More
HENDERSON – The Rusk County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man named in several warrants.They are looking for 35 year old Felipe Villanueva. The warrants for his arrest are for possession of a controlled substance, possession and delivery of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license and speeding. Investigators say he weighs about 210 pounds and is 5 feet 9 inches tall. You are asked to call the Rusk County Crime Stoppers tip line at 903-655-8477 if you know where he can be located.
LONGVIEW – Funeral services are set today for Longview businessman Ronnie Horaney. He died after being shot at his home north of the city on Memorial Day. Following a 1 p.m. visitation and reception in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, services will be held at the church at 2:00. Burial will follow at Rosewood Park Mausoleum.… Read More
TULSA, OKLAHOMA – A Longview man has been sentenced to prison after pleading in connection with an Oklahoma murder. William Earl Garrett II, 27, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a state judge in Tulsa. Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray told the Longview News Journal Garrett pleaded guilty after his charge was modified from first-degree felony murder to accessory to murder. A second suspect in the murder was sentenced last week to life in prison. Two more Longview men have also been charged in the case. No trial date has been sent for James Vasco Jones, 43, and Sidney Aaron Randall, 20.
TYLER – Tyler non-profit agency People Attempting to Help, also know as PATH, has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. It’s the country’s largest independent charity evaluator. PATH Executive Director Greg Grubb says the award verifies the work they are doing and validates their efforts to do good work and to do it in a way that uses their resources wisely so they don’t waste a lot of money and they are very transparent about it. Grubb said, “It’s important that our donors trust that we are being a good steward of all the gifts that we receive.” He said the 4 star rating demonstrates to the agency’s supporters that they take this very seriously.
TYLER — The Tyler school district is making contingency plans in case rain disrupts high school graduation ceremonies. As it now stands, 380 John Tyler students will graduate at 7:30 tonight. At 7:30 tomorrow night, 526 Robert E Lee students are scheduled to get diplomas. Both graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Rose Stadium. In case of rain, alternate plans have been made, including the possibility of two graduation ceremonies at Rose Stadium on Sunday. As a last resort, it could be moved into Wagstaff Gym at T-J-C. You can follow any scheduling changes on the school’s websites and here on KTBB’s web site.
TYLER – A Professor of biology at the University of Texas at Tyler since 1979, Dr. Neil Ford, has received the 2016 Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award. It’s from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. The award is presented each year to a scientist who, in the past 10 years, has made a significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the animal and plant life of the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. This is done through scientific articles and books. At U-T Tyler, Ford conducts research into behavior, life history and ecology of snakes and lizards as well as the community ecology of freshwater mussels. Ford will be recognized at the association’s annual meeting next year in Lawton, Oklahoma
LONGVIEW — An elderly woman has died from injuries received in a Longview wreck. Killed was Anna Elder, 82, of Longview. She died Thursday afternoon at Longview Regional Medical Center. The wreck occurred around 3:00pm on West Marshall Avenue. Longview police report her vehicle collided with the rear of a tractor-trailer rig that was making a right turn.Chris Murphy, 51, the truck’s driver, was not injured.
PALESTINE – Palestine Police are no longer investigating a possible kidnapping. According to a police news release, around 2:00 this morning, both Natalie Pipkin and Christopher Calhoun were located in Pipkin’s 1999 Honda Accord near Pearland. An officer with the Pearland Police Department interviewed both Pipkin and Calhoun separately and determined Pipkin was not taken against her will. The Palestine Police Department has determined Pipkin is not considered missing-endangered and has cleared the case. Officers received a call from the family of Natalie Pipkin, 37, who did not pick up her 6-month-old child Thursday night. After several attempts, the family reached Pipkin who said she was traveling with her ex-boyfriend, Christopher Calhoun, 28, Palestine, to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Calhoun, who has been arrested for aggravated kidnapping in 2015, was considered to be dangerous.
HENDERSON — A contingent of local, state and federal law officers, including Tyler police and Smith County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a “knock and talk” sex offender compliance check in Rusk County. The goal was to verify the offenders were complying with the law. It requires adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with the local law enforcement agency in the city or county where they reside. Of the 125 offenders checked, 10 were found to be non-compliant.
LONGVIEW — Monday night, Longview business owner Ronnie Horaney was shot at his home north of the city. He died at a local hospital. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Department announced late Thursday afternoon they are looking for a person of interest in the case. In releasing a sketch of the person, they gave no indication how they came to look for him. There was one report that Horaney was shot as he answered the door at his home. Department spokesman Josh Tubb told KTBB he could not comment on the case since the investigation was ongoing. In the news release Tubb said if anyone had information that could assist them in locating this person, they are asked to call Investigator Gary Robinson at (903)237-2536 or call Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903)236-STOP.
TYLER – It sure looks like the Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center’s 20th anniversary season will have something for everyone. There will be Jay Leno, comedians Jerry Seinfield and Jeff Foxworthy, Broadway shows like Pippin and Dirty Dancing, and music from Jackie Evancho and Jim Brickman. Season tickets will go on sale next Wednesday. You can visit http://www.cowancenter.org for season ticket prices.… Read More
TYLER – An eight year old boy, who could not swim, nearly drowned in ten feet of water in South Tyler. Around 2:00 Thursday afternoon two boys were playing on a dirt mound at a construction site. It is located off Blue Mountain Ridge just east of the Old Jacksonville Highway. The mound started to give way and one of the boys slid into the water. His friend ran to a man who was nearby for help. The man pulled the boy from the water. A police officer, who was nearby, Kerri Long, administered CPR. Police spokesman Don Martin said the boy was taken to a Tyler hospital, where he is in stable condition. Martin said the boy will be fine.
PALESTINE – Thursday’s rains brought reports of flash flooding around Palestine. The city’s Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Parkhurst said minor flooding was reported at one home on Moody Street. The residents did not evacuate. Flooding on Timber Drive, where major flash flooding was reported on April 30, reached the curb of the street before receding. By 1:45 Thursday afternoon the rain let up and the flash floods receded. City personnel will be monitoring these areas closely for flooding during the next few days.… Read More
QUITMAN – A Wood County man has been arrested in connection with a fatal 4-wheeler accident. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon off Highway 154 near Quitman. Killed when the 4-wheeler she was on flipped over was Michelle Hagger, 52. KETK reports, at the time of the accident, the 4-wheeler was being towed by a vehicle driven by Ted Wayne Morris, Sr., 57, of Quitman. Sheriff’s department investigators say that Morris had been drinking at the time of the accident. He’s been charged with manslaughter and booked into the Wood County Jail.
NACOGDOCHES – Nacogdoches police are looking into an injury sustained by an infant. A mother brought the month old girl to the emergency room at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She said the infant was sick. Police reports indicate the little girl may have suffered a head injury at a home on Pearl Street. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.
LONGVIEW – Some 4th grade students at Longview’s J.L. Everhart Elementary had an end of school experience they will long remember. Teacher Carol Pruitt gave her students an expense paid formal dinner at the Summit Club in Longview. The students dressed in their finest attire and listened to classical music as they dined. And like the correspondent’s dinner in D.C., the students got up and told jokes at the microphone. They were excited to be there. As one student said, “It’s just like on TV!” Why does she do this for her students each year? Pruitt said it introduces the students to etiquette in a formal dinner setting. And she also said, “They deserve it! These students have worked so hard and had such a great year.”
LONGVIEW – A search warrant has led to the arrests in Longview of three convicted felons on drug charges. The warrant was served by Longview Police and the Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit. The warrant was served Thursday morning at 1108 Rainey Drive. Inside the house, officers found cocaine, marijuana and two firearms. Arrested were Christopher Antonio Dotrey, 35, Christopher Shawn Fields, 39, and Frank Sonny Wade III, 61, all of Longview. They have been charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Wade also had an outstanding Class C Misdemeanor warrant on him. They’ve been booked into the Gregg County Jail.
TYLER — Smith County commissioners accepted a grant from the criminal justice department of the Governor’s office on Tuesday. It will fund body cameras for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. “This system will work in conjunction with the systems that we have in our car, the dash cam equipment,” says Chief Deputy Robert Carlson. According to KETK, it will cost more than $117,180 and the grant will fund about $93,750 of that. The county will be responsible for 20% of the total, which is about $23,400. It will cover everything needed for the camera system as well as training.… Read More
GREGG COUNTY — Two burglary suspects in Longview and Kilgore were arrested Tuesday after they tried to flee the homes from which police said they were trying to steal from. According to the Longview News-Journal, Robin Bernard Giddings, 55, of Kilgore (pictured) has been charged with burglary of a habitation and resisting arrest search or transport in the burglary of a home in the 1500 block of Post Oak Road in Kilgore. James Earl Pleasant Jr., 25, of Nacogdoches has been charged with burglary of a habitation and evading arrest/detention in the burglary of a home in the 200 block of Skyline Drive in Longview. Both men remained jailed Wednesday on bonds totaling $12,000 each.
TYLER – The Smith County grand jury has indicted a Tyler woman in a fatal wreck last December. The district attorney’s office tells KTBB, Chasity Khan, 32, of Tyler, was indicted on May 12 on one count of intoxication manslaughter. The accident happened just before 10:00pm on December 1st on County Road 2120. Her vehicle ran off the road and hit several trees. Khan was hospitalized. A passenger in her vehicle, Jason David Cook, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene. Khan remains in the Smith County Jail on a $100,000 bond.