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Nacogdoches Shooting Claims Second Victim

crimescene-21-150x150NACOGDOCHES – A woman accused in the shooting death of a Nacogdoches woman, has died from her self-inflicted injury. A news release from the Nacogdoches Police Department says 22 year old Chloe Love of Houston died at a Nacogdoches hospital Sunday afternoon. Love is said to have forced her way into an apartment last Wednesday and shot 23 year old Shermika Bolden. She was found dead on the floor of her bedroom. Police say, after shooting Bolden, Love then shot herself in the head. … Read More

Smith County Bar Association Recognized

Lady-JusticeAUSTIN – The Smith County Bar Association has walked off with one of the awards during the State Bar of Texas Bar Leaders Conference. At last weekend’s Houston conference, the Smith County Bar Association was recognized for its access to justice efforts. This includes more than 100 of its members volunteering to assist pro bono clients. The association contracts with a volunteer coordinator who manages more than 35 active pro bono cases each month.

Marshall Robbery Suspect Chased, Captured

Marshall Police ShieldMARSHALL – One person is in custody in connection with a weekend robbery in Marshall. The holdup occurred around noon on Sunday at the EZ-Mart at 2507 West Pinecrest. A witness followed the suspect, relaying information to authorities. Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool located the vehicle at Highway 43 South near Cave Springs Road and a chase followed. Spikes across the road caused the suspect’s car to crash into a yard. After a brief foot chase, Broderick Maximillian McHenry, 31, of Shreveport was arrested. He’s facing a variety of charges including aggravated robbery and evading arrest.

Longview Hospital Merger Moving Forward

thumb_Good-Shepherd-Medical-Center-2LONGVIEW – A healthcare merger in Longview is a little closer to reality. The Gregg County Commissioners Court on Monday amended the health system’s current lease and transferred the agreement from Good Shepherd to Duke LifePoint Healthcare. Last month, the healthcare system announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue an acquisition by Duke LifePoint. Monday’s vote to allow the amendment of the lease marks the next step in the process. Included in the acquisition, Good Shepherd NorthPark in Longview, Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall, emergency services in Kilgore and provider offices at over 30 locations. Also included are immediate care centers and outpatient and health and wellness services across East Texas.

Arrest Made in Troup Homicide

WANTED TROUP MAN_1468795161513_9570965_ver1.0TROUP — The suspect wanted in a Troup homicide has been arrested. According to KETK, Joshua Scales was wanted in connection to the shooting death of Jordan Richard LaDue, 30, on July 14. Scales was arrested Sunday around 3:15 in Reklaw at a relative’s house. He was caught as he was trying to crawl out of a back window of the house. Troup PD was assisted by the US Marshals fugitive task force, DPS and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested without incident and booked into Cherokee County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

Marshall PD Continues to Seek Long-Missing Man

Feb 22 BoehmMARSHALL – The Marshall Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving an over decade old missing person’s case. They are looking for help in finding Fredrick Joseph Boehm, who was last seen in January 2001. Known as “Little Joe,” Boehm was last seen walking on Victory Drive after receiving a late night phone call. When he disappeared he was wearing a camouflage jacket, gray shirt, blue jeans and boots. Boehm, who would be 38 now, is described as a white male 6’0, 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. … Read More

TxDOT Issues Weekly Roadwork Update

TxDotTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in TxDOT’s Tyler District during the Week of July 18. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. In Tyler, US 271 will be closed from Oakwood Street to Spur 147 from July 21 to July 24 for pavement repairs. Motorists will have to use temporary detours to get around the closure. Message boards are in place to alert traffic to this upcoming change along the project limits. Additional project information is available in the Smith County section of this story. … Read More

Rose Festival Queen Looks ahead to Big Event

roses-2TYLER — The countdown to the 2016 Texas Rose Festival is underway following Friday evening’s kickoff, and Rose Queen Mallory Kristine Curtis is more than ready for the big autumn event. “I love it,” says Mallory. “I love to meet new people, and I love the tradition of it all. I think it’s very special.” She adds, “Everyone loves it, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of work, but it all is worth it in the end.” Pointing out the Tyler community’s extensive involvement in the festival, Mallory says, “Well, we have so much volunteerism and sponsorships, so people are…very generous in donating time and money.” She adds that she’s thoroughly enjoyed promoting the festival’s history and impact since the beginning of the year.… Read More

UTT Receives Major Grant for Nurse Practitioner Programming

uttylerTYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler has received a federal grant to enhance advanced nurse practitioner programming. The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Over the three year period of the grant, it is anticipated just over $2 million will come to the university. With the funds, the university will partner with local and area clinics to further develop UT Tyler students as nurse practitioners. The Initial partners are the Cherokee County Health Department, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Special Health Resources and Walmart Clinics.

Water Temporarily Shut Off along North Glass Avenue

tylercityofTYLER — As part of Tyler’s 2016 asphalt enhancement project, RNK is temporarily closing water valves located along North Glass Avenue to replace a two-inch water main. Today’s repair affects North Glass Avenue from West 25th Street south to the dead end. The work began at 8 this morning and is scheduled to continue till 5 p.m. After the water main has been replaced, residents are asked to run their water briefly before using it to clear the line of any air. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes of travel, if possible, to avoid delays. Caution is also advised when driving in this area. … Read More

New College Coming to Jacksonville

carver_photo002JACKSONVILLE — The former site of Lon Morris College will be transforming into a new campus for the fall. KETK reports Atlanta-based Carver College will be launching a new regional campus in Jacksonville. Lon Morris closed several years ago. The Jacksonville College President said he was sad to see it go. He is excited that Carver College chose Jacksonville for one of its locations. The city of Jacksonville seemed to agree. Residents around the area had positive things to say about the change coming soon. Among the comments: “A lot of college students still live here, when they graduate, some of them stay here.” A former Lon Morris student said, “Somebody else buying Lon Morris will be a good thing for this town. “It’s good. It brings new kids to town and we need new faces.” … Read More

Bank of America Closing Downtown Branch in Tyler

BANKOFAMERICA_1468627801383_9557002_ver1.0TYLER — A Bank of America spokesperson confirms the company will be closing its downtown Tyler branch in mid-October. According to KETK, media relations spokeswoman Britney Sheehan says the Tyler Financial Center and motor bank locations will shut down on October 11. The company reportedly contacted customers by letter earlier this month. Two other Bank of America locations will remain open. Both are in south Tyler. In a statement, Sheehan says the bank “can continue to efficiently serve our customers with one less financial center in Tyler and we will still maintain a full-service ATM at the (downtown) motor bank location.” She adds that the bank will be “able to relocate all employees to other locations in Tyler.”

Longview Couple Accused of a Bomb Threat

Gary Lawrence AngerLONGVIEW – A couple is arrested, accused of threatening to blow up a Longview hospital. Booked into the Gregg County jail on a charge of terroristic threat was Gary Lawrence Anger, 63, and Janet Elaine Chernoff, 67. According to the Longview News Journal, a woman told police she was eating with the couple in the Good Shepherd Medical Center lunchroom. She said they were upset because the hospital had canceled a work contract with Anger. She said Chernoff threatened to blow up the hospital if she knew how to build a bomb and Anger said he would “go ISIS in here.” Even though Anger told her he was just joking, she said she was scared.

Drugs Found in Longview Traffic Stop

Dalton Tyler ledfordLONGVIEW – A DPS traffic stop in Gregg County has resulted in a drug bust. The car was stopped by the state trooper for tailgating another car. Dalton Tyler Ledford, 26, of El Paso was first arrested for not having a driver’s license. Then a smell of marijuana led the trooper to a duffel bag on the back seat, which contained multiple bundles of high-grade marijuana. Ledford has been charged with with delivery of marijuana, failure to ID and no drivers license. Ledford, who has a tattoo on his left calf that reads “kill cops,” was booked into the Gregg County Jail.

Gladewater Business Extensively Damaged by Fire

Gladewater Fire Department patchGLADEWATER – Robert’s Grocery in Gladewater has been extensively damaged in an overnight fire. It was reported around midnight Thursday night at the convenience store at 1610 North Main Street. The roof of the store collapsed, and it appears to be a total loss. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Rangerettes Have 32 New Members

RangerettesKILGORE -Nearly three dozen young women have become the newest members of the Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team. The announcement was made this morning in a closed ceremony in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus. The announcement culminates a week-long process of 80 young women vying for a coveted position on the 2016-17 Rangerette line. The new Rangerettes come from 28 Texas towns, including Tyler, Longview, Houston and Austin. They now join 36 sophomores to make a line of 72. The Rangerettes were the first of their kind, a vision of the late Gussie Nell Davis. They celebrated their 75th anniversary last year.

Fisch College of Pharmacy Receives Candidate Accreditation Status

thumb_uttylerTYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy is a step closer to full accreditation. The Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education has granted the program candidate status. This means graduates of the college are now permitted to take the pharmacy licensing exam. Programs are not considered for full accreditation until they graduate the first class. That will come at U.T. Tyler in 2018.

Caldwell Zoo for Family Fun

Caldwell ZooTYLER – When looking for a family activity this summer, you can visit Africa or South America without ever leaving East Texas. All you have to do is visit Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo. Started in 1937, it moved to its current location in 1953, growing over the years. The zoo covers 85 acres, 75 acres are open to the public. It’s divided into geographic regions, with animals from North America, South America and Africa. About one third of the zoo is currently under renovation. The African section is being expanded. Zoo Executive Director Hayes Caldwell says the exhibit yard for the elephants is being nearly doubled. A deck is being added so you can feed the giraffes at their eye level. There will even be a new cafe with outdoor and some indoor seating. Caldwell says the renovation is expected to be completed this fall or early next spring. You can go to http://caldwellzoo.org and learn more about the zoo and meet some of the animals you will see there.

Heines Promotes Unity during Downtown Event

Martin HeinesTYLER — Tyler Mayor Martin Heines Thursday night keynoted a unity event he arranged on the downtown square in the wake of recent police-related violence around the country. Heines singled out local police, Tyler’s commitments to faith, and the nonprofit community as examples of what makes Tyler strong. “So let’s continue to work together,” said Heines, “and let’s never take for granted our current relationships — and always commit to expanding our relationships with others.” Heines was joined by police, city councilmembers, an assortment of clergy, and dozens of onlookers. He added that Tyler sets a great example for other communities and needs to keep doing so. He advised, “Let’s keep it simple, and let’s keep it local. Our whole community values faith, hope, and love. Let’s continue that belief in one another.”

Spring Hill Campus Vandalized Again

crimescene-1LONGVIEW — The Spring Hill Independent School District is struck by vandalism once again. Spring Hill officials found graffiti on several parts of their campus. According to KETK, there was spray paint on the tennis courts and old field house. Officials said most of it has been cleaned but they are asking anyone with information to contact the Spring Hill Superintendent.

Freedom From Religion Group Targets Nacogdoches School

centralNACOGDOCHES — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has set its sights on another East Texas school. According to KETK, the group claims a student from Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches contacted them and said that teachers were showing religious movies in the classroom. An attorney for the organization called the district and advised them to immediately stop showing the films. The school complied and said they will also continue to train their staff on establishment clause issues.

Marshall Fugitive Sought

Justin StrongMARSHALL – Marshall police are asking for the public’s help in finding a fugitive who has evaded arrest. He is 28 year old Justin Kyle Strong of Marshall. Strong is wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for evading arrest with a vehicle. He is described as a white male who stands about 6’2 and weighs160 pounds with a medium build. The Marshall Police Department asks that if you have any information about where Strong can be located, call them at 903-935-4575 or 903-935-4540. If you wish to remain anonymous call Marshall/Harrison County Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969.

Super Load in Longview This Weekend

Super load heading to LongviewLONGVIEW – A super load is heading toward the Eastman Plant in Longview. Edwards Moving and Rigging began moving a very tall Cold Box from The Port of Caddo-Bossier Friday morning at 9:00. According to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the transporter will have one truck pulling and one truck pushing the combined weight of 539,000 pounds. The convoy will average 1 mph each day for three days. This transport will have multiple utility and electric companies raising wires, along with 10-12 police officers assisting. This Super Load is much like the one the company transported in July 2015 and will travel the same route. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the transport route. That would include State Highway 149 to the Interstate Highway 20 frontage road and then to Callahan Road. Traffic may have major delays with high congestion. The route also includes some difficult turns so motorists are reminded to use other routes to avoid delays.

Boil Water Notice for a Portion of Palestine

boilingwater-2PALESTINE – City of Palestine utilities, Thursday afternoon, issued a boil water order until further notice. Due to two minor water delivery repairs, the boil water notice is for customers on North Jackson Street north of Loop 256 to the city limits and west of North Jackson Street to Threll Street. Earlier Thursday, crews repaired a 14-inch water main leak near North Jackson Street to Threll Street. The leak, coupled with a pump replacement at the North Jackson Street water tower, passed state thresholds to require issuing the boil water notice. The order is expected to last at least 24 hours and will be tested. It will be lifted when the water passes Texas Commission on Environmental Quality standards.

Longview Robbery Suspect Arrested

Malique Makail HendersonLONGVIEW – Authorities have announced the arrest of a man accused of robbing a Longview motel. The Baymont Inn near Interstate 20 was robbed early Wednesday morning. The man, armed with a stick, is said to have taken money from behind the counter and an employee’s purse. After watching watching surveillance video of the robbery, police found Malique Makail Henderson, 19, of Longview at a nearby restaurant. When arrested about two hours after the robbery, they are said to have found the motel employee’s credit cards in his sock and money from the robbery in his pants. Henderson remains in the Gregg County Jail.

No Changes to U-T Tyler’s Concealed Handgun Rules

U-T Tyler SignTYLER – The University of Texas System Board of Regents, who met Wednesday, made no moves to change the concealed handgun rules developed earlier this year at U-T Tyler. The University of Texas at Tyler policy details the areas on campus where concealed handguns are not allowed, calls for the development of training to educate the campus about the law and basic requirements of campus carry and creates a structure for concealed carry within residential facilities. It also outlines enforcement guidelines for campus carry violations. The policy was formulated by a campus carry working group, which was comprised of faculty, students and staff. It is scheduled to take effect August 1st. … Read More

Repairs Shut Down Woldert Park Sprayground

Woldert ParkTYLER – Because of a break in the mainline, the Woldert Park sprayground will be temporarily closed for repairs. The sprayground is expected to reopen on Saturday The Woldert Park pool remains open to the public and will maintain its regular operating hours.

City of Tyler Receives 2016 National Main Street Accreditation

tyler-mainstreetTYLER — The City of Tyler’s Main Street Department has been reaccredited as a Main Street America program for meeting what city officials term rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach, according to a news release from the city.… Read More

Homicide Investigation Underway in Troup

JordanLadue_1468503680685_9519171_ver1.0TROUP — The Troup Police Department has identified the man killed in a shooting early Thursday morning. Police were called to the 200 block of West Duval around 12:20 this morning regarding a shooting and found James Richard LaDue, 30, of Troup, dead at the scene. Police said he was initially at a home on North Noble Street when shots were fired. A woman then took him to the Duval location and called police. Smith County SWAT and Tyler Police Department were called to help the Troup Police Department with the investigation.… Read More

One Woman Dead in Attempted Murder/Suicide

Nacogdoches-Police-3NACOGDOCHES — The Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that left one person dead and one in serious condition. According to KETK, officers were called to an apartment in the 500 block of Tangleberry Street shortly after 4:00 Wednesday morning. Officers were met by a roommate who said a female, identified as Chloe Love, 22, of Houston, had forced her way into the apartment, confronted another female in a bedroom and produced a handgun. The roommate ran from the residence and heard a gunshot as she was exiting.… Read More

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Nacogdoches Shooting Claims Second Victim

Posted/updated on: July 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm

crimescene-21-150x150NACOGDOCHES – A woman accused in the shooting death of a Nacogdoches woman, has died from her self-inflicted injury. A news release from the Nacogdoches Police Department says 22 year old Chloe Love of Houston died at a Nacogdoches hospital Sunday afternoon. Love is said to have forced her way into an apartment last Wednesday and shot 23 year old Shermika Bolden. She was found dead on the floor of her bedroom. Police say, after shooting Bolden, Love then shot herself in the head. … Read More

Smith County Bar Association Recognized

Posted/updated on: July 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Lady-JusticeAUSTIN – The Smith County Bar Association has walked off with one of the awards during the State Bar of Texas Bar Leaders Conference. At last weekend’s Houston conference, the Smith County Bar Association was recognized for its access to justice efforts. This includes more than 100 of its members volunteering to assist pro bono clients. The association contracts with a volunteer coordinator who manages more than 35 active pro bono cases each month.

Marshall Robbery Suspect Chased, Captured

Posted/updated on: July 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Marshall Police ShieldMARSHALL – One person is in custody in connection with a weekend robbery in Marshall. The holdup occurred around noon on Sunday at the EZ-Mart at 2507 West Pinecrest. A witness followed the suspect, relaying information to authorities. Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool located the vehicle at Highway 43 South near Cave Springs Road and a chase followed. Spikes across the road caused the suspect’s car to crash into a yard. After a brief foot chase, Broderick Maximillian McHenry, 31, of Shreveport was arrested. He’s facing a variety of charges including aggravated robbery and evading arrest.

Longview Hospital Merger Moving Forward

Posted/updated on: July 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm

thumb_Good-Shepherd-Medical-Center-2LONGVIEW – A healthcare merger in Longview is a little closer to reality. The Gregg County Commissioners Court on Monday amended the health system’s current lease and transferred the agreement from Good Shepherd to Duke LifePoint Healthcare. Last month, the healthcare system announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue an acquisition by Duke LifePoint. Monday’s vote to allow the amendment of the lease marks the next step in the process. Included in the acquisition, Good Shepherd NorthPark in Longview, Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall, emergency services in Kilgore and provider offices at over 30 locations. Also included are immediate care centers and outpatient and health and wellness services across East Texas.

Arrest Made in Troup Homicide

Posted/updated on: July 19, 2016 at 8:17 am

WANTED TROUP MAN_1468795161513_9570965_ver1.0TROUP — The suspect wanted in a Troup homicide has been arrested. According to KETK, Joshua Scales was wanted in connection to the shooting death of Jordan Richard LaDue, 30, on July 14. Scales was arrested Sunday around 3:15 in Reklaw at a relative’s house. He was caught as he was trying to crawl out of a back window of the house. Troup PD was assisted by the US Marshals fugitive task force, DPS and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested without incident and booked into Cherokee County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

Marshall PD Continues to Seek Long-Missing Man

Posted/updated on: July 19, 2016 at 1:00 am

Feb 22 BoehmMARSHALL – The Marshall Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving an over decade old missing person’s case. They are looking for help in finding Fredrick Joseph Boehm, who was last seen in January 2001. Known as “Little Joe,” Boehm was last seen walking on Victory Drive after receiving a late night phone call. When he disappeared he was wearing a camouflage jacket, gray shirt, blue jeans and boots. Boehm, who would be 38 now, is described as a white male 6’0, 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. … Read More

TxDOT Issues Weekly Roadwork Update

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

TxDotTYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in TxDOT’s Tyler District during the Week of July 18. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues. In Tyler, US 271 will be closed from Oakwood Street to Spur 147 from July 21 to July 24 for pavement repairs. Motorists will have to use temporary detours to get around the closure. Message boards are in place to alert traffic to this upcoming change along the project limits. Additional project information is available in the Smith County section of this story. … Read More

Rose Festival Queen Looks ahead to Big Event

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

roses-2TYLER — The countdown to the 2016 Texas Rose Festival is underway following Friday evening’s kickoff, and Rose Queen Mallory Kristine Curtis is more than ready for the big autumn event. “I love it,” says Mallory. “I love to meet new people, and I love the tradition of it all. I think it’s very special.” She adds, “Everyone loves it, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of work, but it all is worth it in the end.” Pointing out the Tyler community’s extensive involvement in the festival, Mallory says, “Well, we have so much volunteerism and sponsorships, so people are…very generous in donating time and money.” She adds that she’s thoroughly enjoyed promoting the festival’s history and impact since the beginning of the year.… Read More

UTT Receives Major Grant for Nurse Practitioner Programming

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

uttylerTYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler has received a federal grant to enhance advanced nurse practitioner programming. The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Over the three year period of the grant, it is anticipated just over $2 million will come to the university. With the funds, the university will partner with local and area clinics to further develop UT Tyler students as nurse practitioners. The Initial partners are the Cherokee County Health Department, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Special Health Resources and Walmart Clinics.

Water Temporarily Shut Off along North Glass Avenue

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

tylercityofTYLER — As part of Tyler’s 2016 asphalt enhancement project, RNK is temporarily closing water valves located along North Glass Avenue to replace a two-inch water main. Today’s repair affects North Glass Avenue from West 25th Street south to the dead end. The work began at 8 this morning and is scheduled to continue till 5 p.m. After the water main has been replaced, residents are asked to run their water briefly before using it to clear the line of any air. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes of travel, if possible, to avoid delays. Caution is also advised when driving in this area. … Read More

New College Coming to Jacksonville

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

carver_photo002JACKSONVILLE — The former site of Lon Morris College will be transforming into a new campus for the fall. KETK reports Atlanta-based Carver College will be launching a new regional campus in Jacksonville. Lon Morris closed several years ago. The Jacksonville College President said he was sad to see it go. He is excited that Carver College chose Jacksonville for one of its locations. The city of Jacksonville seemed to agree. Residents around the area had positive things to say about the change coming soon. Among the comments: “A lot of college students still live here, when they graduate, some of them stay here.” A former Lon Morris student said, “Somebody else buying Lon Morris will be a good thing for this town. “It’s good. It brings new kids to town and we need new faces.” … Read More

Bank of America Closing Downtown Branch in Tyler

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2016 at 7:58 am

BANKOFAMERICA_1468627801383_9557002_ver1.0TYLER — A Bank of America spokesperson confirms the company will be closing its downtown Tyler branch in mid-October. According to KETK, media relations spokeswoman Britney Sheehan says the Tyler Financial Center and motor bank locations will shut down on October 11. The company reportedly contacted customers by letter earlier this month. Two other Bank of America locations will remain open. Both are in south Tyler. In a statement, Sheehan says the bank “can continue to efficiently serve our customers with one less financial center in Tyler and we will still maintain a full-service ATM at the (downtown) motor bank location.” She adds that the bank will be “able to relocate all employees to other locations in Tyler.”

Longview Couple Accused of a Bomb Threat

Posted/updated on: July 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

Gary Lawrence AngerLONGVIEW – A couple is arrested, accused of threatening to blow up a Longview hospital. Booked into the Gregg County jail on a charge of terroristic threat was Gary Lawrence Anger, 63, and Janet Elaine Chernoff, 67. According to the Longview News Journal, a woman told police she was eating with the couple in the Good Shepherd Medical Center lunchroom. She said they were upset because the hospital had canceled a work contract with Anger. She said Chernoff threatened to blow up the hospital if she knew how to build a bomb and Anger said he would “go ISIS in here.” Even though Anger told her he was just joking, she said she was scared.

Drugs Found in Longview Traffic Stop

Posted/updated on: July 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

Dalton Tyler ledfordLONGVIEW – A DPS traffic stop in Gregg County has resulted in a drug bust. The car was stopped by the state trooper for tailgating another car. Dalton Tyler Ledford, 26, of El Paso was first arrested for not having a driver’s license. Then a smell of marijuana led the trooper to a duffel bag on the back seat, which contained multiple bundles of high-grade marijuana. Ledford has been charged with with delivery of marijuana, failure to ID and no drivers license. Ledford, who has a tattoo on his left calf that reads “kill cops,” was booked into the Gregg County Jail.

Gladewater Business Extensively Damaged by Fire

Posted/updated on: July 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

Gladewater Fire Department patchGLADEWATER – Robert’s Grocery in Gladewater has been extensively damaged in an overnight fire. It was reported around midnight Thursday night at the convenience store at 1610 North Main Street. The roof of the store collapsed, and it appears to be a total loss. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Rangerettes Have 32 New Members

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

RangerettesKILGORE -Nearly three dozen young women have become the newest members of the Kilgore College Rangerettes dance and drill team. The announcement was made this morning in a closed ceremony in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus. The announcement culminates a week-long process of 80 young women vying for a coveted position on the 2016-17 Rangerette line. The new Rangerettes come from 28 Texas towns, including Tyler, Longview, Houston and Austin. They now join 36 sophomores to make a line of 72. The Rangerettes were the first of their kind, a vision of the late Gussie Nell Davis. They celebrated their 75th anniversary last year.

Fisch College of Pharmacy Receives Candidate Accreditation Status

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

thumb_uttylerTYLER – The University of Texas at Tyler Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy is a step closer to full accreditation. The Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education has granted the program candidate status. This means graduates of the college are now permitted to take the pharmacy licensing exam. Programs are not considered for full accreditation until they graduate the first class. That will come at U.T. Tyler in 2018.

Caldwell Zoo for Family Fun

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Caldwell ZooTYLER – When looking for a family activity this summer, you can visit Africa or South America without ever leaving East Texas. All you have to do is visit Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo. Started in 1937, it moved to its current location in 1953, growing over the years. The zoo covers 85 acres, 75 acres are open to the public. It’s divided into geographic regions, with animals from North America, South America and Africa. About one third of the zoo is currently under renovation. The African section is being expanded. Zoo Executive Director Hayes Caldwell says the exhibit yard for the elephants is being nearly doubled. A deck is being added so you can feed the giraffes at their eye level. There will even be a new cafe with outdoor and some indoor seating. Caldwell says the renovation is expected to be completed this fall or early next spring. You can go to http://caldwellzoo.org and learn more about the zoo and meet some of the animals you will see there.

Heines Promotes Unity during Downtown Event

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Martin HeinesTYLER — Tyler Mayor Martin Heines Thursday night keynoted a unity event he arranged on the downtown square in the wake of recent police-related violence around the country. Heines singled out local police, Tyler’s commitments to faith, and the nonprofit community as examples of what makes Tyler strong. “So let’s continue to work together,” said Heines, “and let’s never take for granted our current relationships — and always commit to expanding our relationships with others.” Heines was joined by police, city councilmembers, an assortment of clergy, and dozens of onlookers. He added that Tyler sets a great example for other communities and needs to keep doing so. He advised, “Let’s keep it simple, and let’s keep it local. Our whole community values faith, hope, and love. Let’s continue that belief in one another.”

Spring Hill Campus Vandalized Again

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 8:37 am

crimescene-1LONGVIEW — The Spring Hill Independent School District is struck by vandalism once again. Spring Hill officials found graffiti on several parts of their campus. According to KETK, there was spray paint on the tennis courts and old field house. Officials said most of it has been cleaned but they are asking anyone with information to contact the Spring Hill Superintendent.

Freedom From Religion Group Targets Nacogdoches School

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 8:38 am

centralNACOGDOCHES — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has set its sights on another East Texas school. According to KETK, the group claims a student from Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches contacted them and said that teachers were showing religious movies in the classroom. An attorney for the organization called the district and advised them to immediately stop showing the films. The school complied and said they will also continue to train their staff on establishment clause issues.

Marshall Fugitive Sought

Posted/updated on: July 16, 2016 at 7:41 am

Justin StrongMARSHALL – Marshall police are asking for the public’s help in finding a fugitive who has evaded arrest. He is 28 year old Justin Kyle Strong of Marshall. Strong is wanted for an outstanding felony warrant for evading arrest with a vehicle. He is described as a white male who stands about 6’2 and weighs160 pounds with a medium build. The Marshall Police Department asks that if you have any information about where Strong can be located, call them at 903-935-4575 or 903-935-4540. If you wish to remain anonymous call Marshall/Harrison County Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969.

Super Load in Longview This Weekend

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Super load heading to LongviewLONGVIEW – A super load is heading toward the Eastman Plant in Longview. Edwards Moving and Rigging began moving a very tall Cold Box from The Port of Caddo-Bossier Friday morning at 9:00. According to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the transporter will have one truck pulling and one truck pushing the combined weight of 539,000 pounds. The convoy will average 1 mph each day for three days. This transport will have multiple utility and electric companies raising wires, along with 10-12 police officers assisting. This Super Load is much like the one the company transported in July 2015 and will travel the same route. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the transport route. That would include State Highway 149 to the Interstate Highway 20 frontage road and then to Callahan Road. Traffic may have major delays with high congestion. The route also includes some difficult turns so motorists are reminded to use other routes to avoid delays.

Boil Water Notice for a Portion of Palestine

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 7:43 pm

boilingwater-2PALESTINE – City of Palestine utilities, Thursday afternoon, issued a boil water order until further notice. Due to two minor water delivery repairs, the boil water notice is for customers on North Jackson Street north of Loop 256 to the city limits and west of North Jackson Street to Threll Street. Earlier Thursday, crews repaired a 14-inch water main leak near North Jackson Street to Threll Street. The leak, coupled with a pump replacement at the North Jackson Street water tower, passed state thresholds to require issuing the boil water notice. The order is expected to last at least 24 hours and will be tested. It will be lifted when the water passes Texas Commission on Environmental Quality standards.

Longview Robbery Suspect Arrested

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Malique Makail HendersonLONGVIEW – Authorities have announced the arrest of a man accused of robbing a Longview motel. The Baymont Inn near Interstate 20 was robbed early Wednesday morning. The man, armed with a stick, is said to have taken money from behind the counter and an employee’s purse. After watching watching surveillance video of the robbery, police found Malique Makail Henderson, 19, of Longview at a nearby restaurant. When arrested about two hours after the robbery, they are said to have found the motel employee’s credit cards in his sock and money from the robbery in his pants. Henderson remains in the Gregg County Jail.

No Changes to U-T Tyler’s Concealed Handgun Rules

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

U-T Tyler SignTYLER – The University of Texas System Board of Regents, who met Wednesday, made no moves to change the concealed handgun rules developed earlier this year at U-T Tyler. The University of Texas at Tyler policy details the areas on campus where concealed handguns are not allowed, calls for the development of training to educate the campus about the law and basic requirements of campus carry and creates a structure for concealed carry within residential facilities. It also outlines enforcement guidelines for campus carry violations. The policy was formulated by a campus carry working group, which was comprised of faculty, students and staff. It is scheduled to take effect August 1st. … Read More

Repairs Shut Down Woldert Park Sprayground

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 11:54 am

Woldert ParkTYLER – Because of a break in the mainline, the Woldert Park sprayground will be temporarily closed for repairs. The sprayground is expected to reopen on Saturday The Woldert Park pool remains open to the public and will maintain its regular operating hours.

City of Tyler Receives 2016 National Main Street Accreditation

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 11:19 am

tyler-mainstreetTYLER — The City of Tyler’s Main Street Department has been reaccredited as a Main Street America program for meeting what city officials term rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach, according to a news release from the city.… Read More

Homicide Investigation Underway in Troup

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 10:04 am

JordanLadue_1468503680685_9519171_ver1.0TROUP — The Troup Police Department has identified the man killed in a shooting early Thursday morning. Police were called to the 200 block of West Duval around 12:20 this morning regarding a shooting and found James Richard LaDue, 30, of Troup, dead at the scene. Police said he was initially at a home on North Noble Street when shots were fired. A woman then took him to the Duval location and called police. Smith County SWAT and Tyler Police Department were called to help the Troup Police Department with the investigation.… Read More

One Woman Dead in Attempted Murder/Suicide

Posted/updated on: July 15, 2016 at 8:39 am

Nacogdoches-Police-3NACOGDOCHES — The Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that left one person dead and one in serious condition. According to KETK, officers were called to an apartment in the 500 block of Tangleberry Street shortly after 4:00 Wednesday morning. Officers were met by a roommate who said a female, identified as Chloe Love, 22, of Houston, had forced her way into the apartment, confronted another female in a bedroom and produced a handgun. The roommate ran from the residence and heard a gunshot as she was exiting.… Read More

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