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Large Fight Reported in Southeast Tyler

Varsity Place ApartmentsTYLER — Tyler police were called out last night to a reported fight at southeast Tyler’s Varsity Place Apartments. There were reports of shots fired into the air during the large disturbance. It happened shortly after 8:00 Tuesday night. No injuries were reported and there have been no reports of any arrests being made.

Elderly Man Critically Hurt in Rollover

thumb_police-longview-shieldLONGVIEW — A 93-year-old man is in critical condition after an auto accident . KETK reports it happened Monday morning in the southbound lane of Eastman road near Hollybrook Drive in Longview. Police say William Champion was driving his truck at a high speed when he swerved and hit another vehicle. This caused him to flip his truck and roll several times. Champion had to be cut from the vehicle and was taken to a local hospital.

Longview Superintendent Stepping Down by 2015

wilcox_jamesLONGVIEW — Dr. James E. Wilcox announced this week that he intends to wrap up his service as Longview ISD’s superintendent by January 2015. He plans to spend several of his final months in the school district helping his replacement with the transition, Wilcox said. According to KETK, the district’s Board of Trustees is expected to begin scheduling interviews with internal candidates, should they express interest in the job, in January 2014. Additional interviews would follow, if necessary, and school officials hope to name a new superintendent by mid-year, Wilcox said. Wilcox came to Longview from Waxahachie ISD in April 2007. He retired from the district at the end of 2011 and was rehired to fill the role in February 2012.

Sarah Palin Brings Book Tour to Tyler

thumb_sarahpalin2TYLER — Conservative activist and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be in Tyler today to promote her new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy.” Palin will appear at Sam’s Club on SSW Loop 323 from 10:00am till noon. According to her Facebook page, “In her book, Palin defends the case for holding traditional Christmas dear to our hearts and for bringing back the freedom to express the Christian values of the season.” The event is part of a swing through various locations around the country. It began November 12 in Bethlehem, Pa., and wraps up this Friday in Minneapolis.

New Academic Center at UT Health Northeast

U T Health Northeast
TYLER — The second and third floors of the Academic Center at UT Health Northeast were officially dedicated at a celebration and ribbon-cutting Tuesday. Officials say a comprehensive Breast Center, Surgery Clinic, GI Clinic, and Urology Clinic are located on the second floor. A large amphitheater, the Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library, and classrooms for medical residencies, continuing education, and future undergraduate and graduate degree programs make up the third floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Significant Fire Damage to Tyler Home

burnedhouseTYLER — Fire has damaged a Tyler home. The blaze began in the front bedroom of the house in the 1100 block of Shaw Street off Old Noonday Road. The initial call was received by fire crews from a passerby at just after 9:45 yesterday morning. Authorities say the fire was quickly brought under control. One person was inside the home, but got our safely. Investigators with the Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office believe that the fire originated in a bedroom closet. The point of origin appears to be located near a light fixture. No injuries were reported and the American Red Cross was notified to assist the occupants. Read the rest of this entry »

White Oak Six-Year-Old Found Wandering in Arkansas; Cousin Arrested

thumb_police-4WHITE OAK (Staff/AP) — Authorities are following up after a small child from White Oak was found wandering in Texarkana, Arkansas. Just before 3:30 last Sunday morning, White Oak police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of East Center Street in reference to a missing six-year-old girl. After a search of the home and area, officers obtained other information concerning a possible suspect named Jeremy Jones, who is a 29-year-old cousin of the victim. Officials say it was determined through investigation that Jones had taken the child from the residence. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman Arrested after Allegedly Driving into Crowd

Whitney WolfeLONGVIEW — A 19-year-old Gilmer woman is free on $30,000 bond after allegedly driving into a crowd in South Longview. Police say Whitney Wolfe is charged with accident involving injury, a felony. Several were injured, including a man who was seriously hurt. The incident occurred in the 1700 block of East Myrle Street Saturday night. KETK reports that according to police, Wolfe intentionally drove a gray Toyota Camry into the people gathered in the area. Police say Wolfe fled the scene but was later arrested. Two other people in the crowd were taken to a local hospital for their injuries and were later released.

Two Sought in Gladewater Robbery

thumb_police-1GLADEWATER — Gladewater Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that happened at the Texas Traditions restaurant located in the 600 block of East Broadway. Authorities report two black males wearing ski masks and dressed in all black clothing entered the back office area and displayed a weapon, demanding an employee give them all the money in the office. The two suspects then collected an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving the business. The robbery happened Sunday night around 9:00. Read the rest of this entry »

Nacogdoches Hotel Closing

Hotel FredoniaNACOGDOCHES — A landmark in Nacogdoches is closing its doors and laying off 90 people. The Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation reports the the historic Hotel Fredonia is closing. The hotel opened in 1955. It was purchased five years ago by Susan Pack Reents.

Gunfire Targets Restaurant Windows

thumb_police-longview2LONGVIEW — Police are seek suspects after gunfire rang out at Longview restaurant KETK reports windows of a fast food eatery were shot out. It happened at the Whataburger off Spur 63 around 2:00 Sunday morning. No one was injured, but a large glass window was shattered by the gunfire.

Burglary Probed in Gregg County

thumb_police-9LONGVIEW — Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office request assistance in obtaining information in a burglary case. Between midnight and 6:00 Saturday morning, unknown person(s) broke into a Union Pacific crossing station shed at the railroad tracks on Meadows Lane. The suspect(s) cut wires to the electronic equipment and took seven large batteries. Damage to the wiring and the batteries was estimated at $2,000. Anyone with information about this case can contact Investigator Terry Mitchell at 903-237-2529 or Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP.

Man Accused of Punching Firefighter Assisting in DWI Crash

thumb_police-8LINDALE — A local man is in jail after allegedly assaulting a firefighter who was assisting in a Lindale-area crash the suspect reportedly caused. Jason Horton, 33, of Van, was driving when he caused a wreck with another motorist, according to Smith County DPS Trooper Jean Dark. KETK reports Lindale Fire Department officials were called to the scene, and as crews were assisting the drivers, Horton allegedly punched the firefighter. Horton was booked into the Smith County Jail on charges of DWI and assaulting a public servant.

UT Health Northeast Names New Associate VP of Institutional Advancement

Bondurant_Derrith_NRTYLER — Derrith Bondurant has joined UT Health Northeast as its new associate vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief development officer. She comes to UT Health from The University of Texas at Tyler, where she was director of Alumni Relations. Ms. Bondurant also has held positions as development officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, development officer for the College of Business and Technology, and director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Police Warn of Mobile Banking Scam

cellscamLONGVIEW — Longview police are warning of a scam that is hitting the area, mostly targeting those with Longview-based cell phone numbers. KETK reports a text message is being sent around saying there is a problem with a local bank’s credit cards and asking for information verification through a link sent in a text. The message then asks the cell phone owner for personal account information. The message reads:
(CommunityBankLongview) Call(972-865-1395)

If you receive this message, delete the text and do not provide your information to the scam artists.

Residents Escape out Window during Longview Duplex Fire

fire2mgn43LONGVIEW — Significant damage was sustained, but residents were able to escape through a window after a Longview duplex caught fire. Just after 1:00 Monday morning, according to KETK, fire crews responded to a residential fire at 1213 Hughey Drive. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the building. The occupants credit the sounding of the smoke alarm for saving their lives. The bedroom door was closed and slowed the smoke from entering the bedroom. They attempted to open the door, but were unable to escape down the hall due to the smoke conditions. They then broke out the window of the bedroom and were able to escape. Read the rest of this entry »

Ex-Tatum Athlete Dies in Rusk County Wreck

tatum_fatalRUSK COUNTY — A former high school athlete is dead after a car accident Saturday morning in Rusk County. KETK reports Michael Ochetto, Jr., 18, of Henderson, was killed when his car struck a culvert. According to Trooper Jean Dark with the Smith County DPS, Ochetto was driving down Farm to Market Road 1716 near County Road 2166 around 2:47 a.m. when he went around a curve, lost control of his car, and hit a culvert. Ochetto was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:00 a.m. Ochetto was a May 2013 graduate of Tatum High School, where he played football and basketball for the Eagles. In Tatum’s upcoming Area playoff football game, Collin Gage, defensive end and tight end for the Eagles, will be wearing #80, Ochetto’s football number from last year, to honor the late athlete.

Tyler Man Killed in Smith County Hit and Run

DPS badgeTYLER — State Troopers are investigating a Smith County hit and run accident that left one man dead. Jack Thomas Arnold, Jr., 43, of Tyler, was killed after being hit by a car around 10:00 Sunday night. Arnold was walking along Greenbriar Road when troopers say he was hit by a car that left the scene. Trooper Jean Dark with the Texas Department of Public Safety says more details will be released when they are available.

One Killed in Weekend Wreck

DPS door signWOOD COUNTY — One man died and two people were injured in a motorcycle crash in Wood County Sunday afternoon. Department of Public Safety officials tell KETK, the wreck happened just before 2:00 on Highway 69 near Farm Road 779. Christopher D. King, 58, and Donna Mae King, 56, were riding a motorcycle northbound on Highway 69 when they struck another vehicle that was turning in front of them from the southbound direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Lindale Woman Killed when Hit by SUV

thumb_police-5LINDALE — A Lindale woman has died from her injuries after being hit by an SUV. The accident happened around 7:30 Saturday evening in the 3400 block of South Main Street. Lindale police say Karen Hand, 61, was crossing the road when she was hit by a vehicle in the southbound lane of traffic. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. Authorities do not believe distracted driving played a part in the accident.

Tyler Business Robbed

surveillance_tyler_pdTYLER — Still no trace of a man who took an undetermined amount of money in the robbery of the Food Fast gas station, 4725 Troup Highway in Tyler. It occurred around 9:30 Sunday night. The store employee told officers a white male entered the store, cashed in a lottery ticket, and left. Abut two minutes later he came back into the store and went to the drink display. He brought a soda to the counter and paid for the drink. When the cash register was opened he pulled a silver hand gun and ordered the clerk to hand over all the money in the register. When given the money, he then ordered the clerk to lie on the floor. He was last seen running south from the store. Read the rest of this entry »

One Injured in Longview Shooting

Longview PD BadgesLONGVIEW — Longview police are investigating a shooting in the parking lot of the Reo Palm Isle Ballroom on West Loop 281. It happened shortly before 1:45 Sunday morning during what was believed to be a robbery. A 21 year old man was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center with what were described as life threatening injuries. According to the Longview News Journal, police are looking for two men. One was described as about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and was possibly wearing a blue hoodie.

TxDOT Project Updates

TxDOT logoTYLER — Here’s a quick look at other work planned in the Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SMITH COUNTY – Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews on Wednesday are scheduled to make repairs to a culvert on eastbound side of State Highway 64 just west of Tyler’s West Loop 323, near the entrance to Wal-Mart. A second crew is scheduled to continue edge repairs on Farm Road 2710 between Farm Road 16 in Lindale and Farm Road 14 near Red Springs. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location while the work is in progress, and flaggers will control traffic. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Street, Trail Closures Begin

LONGVIEW — The city of Longview is advising the public of some street and trail closures. Hollybrook construction continues to progress between Eastman (US 259) and Loop 281. The intersection of Mohawk and Hollybrook is now closed to through traffic between Mohawk and Loop 281. These closures will be in effect until the road construction is complete, which is scheduled for March 2014. Drivers wishing to travel between Eastman and Loop 281 must use alternate routes. Drivers may continue to access Hollybrook between J. L. Everhart Elementary School and Mohawk via Tryon Road. Read the rest of this entry »

Area Man Stabbed in Carjacking

thumb_police-longview2LONGVIEW — Longview police responded to a carjacking and stabbing Friday. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, a woman armed herself and approached the front door of her Pine Tree home when her guard dogs began barking loudly at 2:45 a.m. Friday. When her warnings, which included the sound of her taking off the gun’s safety and cocking the weapon, were answered by calls for help, she asked what was wrong. The voice in the dark said he had been attacked, stabbed by a hitchhiker he had met earlier in the neighborhood. Edi Flowers called her six dogs inside from behind their electric fence, invited the injured man inside the home she shares with her husband, and called 911. Read the rest of this entry »

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