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Dallas Woman Allegedly Caught with Meth in Henderson Co.

Joyce Patricia WilliamsGUN BARREL CITY A Dallas woman was taken into custody for allegedly possessing methamphetamine in Henderson County. According to KETK, deputies stopped a vehicle around 6:22 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Oak Harbor Drive and Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City. The vehicle matched the description of one seen driving away from the scene of a disturbance at Wedgewood Loop in the Oak Harbor subdivision. The driver was identified as Joyce Patricia Williams, 55. Her vehicle was searched and a baggie of meth was found inside, according to officials. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance.

Settlement Reached in Popeye’s Suit

popeyeslongviewlnjTYLER A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit between an East Texas man and Famous Chicken of Shreveport, L.L.C., after the man accused a Longview Popeye’s of employment discrimination due to his having HIV. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report an agreement between the parties was reached Tuesday in federal court. The agreement requires Famous Chicken, the parent company of the Longview Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, to pay $25,000 to Noah Crawford. The company was also ordered to train its management in federal anti-discrimination laws with additional hours of school for its human resources director. Crawford said he was denied employment because he has the virus that causes AIDS. The suit was filed last September 13 in Tyler federal court.

Officials Continue Search for Child Predator

lewisjoneskpd2KILGORE The Kilgore Police Department is continuing to seek the whereabouts of an accused child predator. Police tell KETK Lewis Lavon Jones, 51, of Kilgore, is wanted for aggravated child sexual assault and indecent exposure. He reportedly ran from police in Rusk County and was able to escape capture. Jones is known to drive a 1992 tan Ford pick-up truck with Texas license plate number BNK-4913. If you know of this suspect’s whereabouts, contact the Kilgore Police Department at (903) 983-1559. If he is spotted in Rusk County, call the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 657-3581. You can also contact Rusk County Crime Stoppers at (903) 655-8477, and you may be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest of Jones.

One Injured after Wreck with 18-Wheeler

wreck090414SMITH COUNTY One person was injured and cited after an early Thursday morning wreck south of Tyler. Just before 6:45, an 18-wheeler and passenger vehicle collided at Highway 69 and County Road 152 near Bullard. According to KETK, the driver of a passenger car fell asleep at the wheel. As the 18-wheeler was driving northbound on Highway 69, the car struck the semi. The driver of the car was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injures and was cited for causing the wreck.

Hatchet Slinging Suspect Declared Insane

christopher_hamiltonmarshallpdMARSHALL After being determined competent in July to stand trial, Christopher Lynn Hamilton, the suspect accused of attacking two Marshall Wal-Mart associates and a customer with a hatchet, has now been declared legally insane. That’s according to KETK and the Marshall News-Messenger. Hamilton, a 28-year-old Arkansas transient, was arrested last December and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Read the rest of this entry »

Decomposed Body Found in South Cherokee County

decomposedbodyketkWELLS According to the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office, a decomposed body has been found near Wells, in the southern part of the county. KETK reports that around 10:45 Wednesday morning, the body was found by a TxDOT contracted mowing crew off Highway 69 near County Road 2620. The body, which was found in a median, is believed to be a female. The approximate age and race are unknown at this time. The median was last mowed in June. Law enforcement said an Angelina County investigator was en route to the scene. Authorities are currently looking for a missing female in the area. Officials at the scene said the body would be sent to Tyler for autopsy.

Two Accused of Burglarizing Henderson County Home

burglarysuspectshendersoncoATHENS Deputies arrested two Henderson County men Tuesday evening in connection with a home burglary. According to KETK, at 7 p.m., The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office stated it received a 911 call from a resident on FM 3273 in the Cross Roads area. The caller told dispatchers there were two men breaking into a home. A Malakoff police officer, along with a deputy, found and pulled over a suspect vehicle on Railroad Street in Malakoff. Authorities say they determined the two men were responsible for the burglary in Cross Roads. The suspects were still in possession of all the stolen items, according to the Sheriff’s Office. John Wesley Dodd of Cross Roads and Jamie Lee Phillips of Athens were arrested and booked into the Henderson County Jail for burglary of a habitation. Both men remain in the Henderson County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Firefighter Yeakley Gets Star of Texas Award

Joe YeakleyAUSTIN (Staff/AP) — A veteran Lindale firefighter seriously injured during a January house fire received a prestigious Star of Texas Award Wednesday morning from Governor Rick Perry. KETK reports Joe Yeakley was battling the blaze when part of the roof collapsed on him. Yeakley was among dozens of police officers, firefighters, and first responders honored with the awards, distributed during a ceremony at the Texas Capitol. All recipients were killed or severely hurt in the line of duty. The award was created to honor police and other emergency personnel who exhibited extraordinary service to the state. Some 363 awards have been distributed since it was first distributed in 2004.

Three Arrested in Oilfield Theft

threesuspectsoilfieldgreggcoGLADEWATER Three people were taken into custody for an alleged oilfield theft on Wednesday evening. KETK reports that around 6:00pm, officers were called to the area of Locker Plant Road on reports of a possible oilfield burglary in progress, according to the Gladewater Police Department. Once authorities made it to the scene, they were given a description of a suspect vehicle seen leaving the vicinity. Officers were able to find the vehicle and three alleged burglars inside. There was also a trailer hooked up to the vehicle with several pieces of stolen pipe, officials say. Authorities arrested Tony Joe Sprayberry, 52, of Mt. Enterprise; Beth Maxwell, 26, of Kilgore; and Daniel Sunday, 38, of Kilgore for theft greater than $1,500, less than $20,000.

Former Officer Accused of Alerting Drug Dealer

thumb_dept-justice-sealMARSHALL A former Marshall Police Department narcotics officer is accused of alerting a drug dealer that he was being investigated. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, the federal charges against William Brody West were filed August 5 in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall. He is charged with misprision of a felony, which accuses him of withholding information on a crime or deliberately concealing knowledge of a felony. Read the rest of this entry »

Hogg Middle School Classes Resume

Hogg Middle SchoolTYLER Classes at Hogg Middle School resumed as usual today. Yesterday morning, a small electrical fire in the schools server room resulted in the Tyler ISD canceling classes at Hogg for the day. Students or parents with further questions are asked to call the Hogg front office at 903-262-1500.

Texas State Railroad Announces Educational Runs

Texas State RailroadRUSK (AP) Riding the rails in East Texas could be part of a history lesson for some students. The Texas State Railroad has announced reservations are now being accepted for its fall educational school runs. The special train trips happen on three Fridays this month, beginning September 12. The train departs from the Rusk Depot on 90-minute round trips. The Texas State Railroad was established in 1881. Spokeswoman Janet Gregg said Tuesday that the special runs will help students learn the history of the railroad, especially use of its 1890′s turntable. Railroad officials are offering discounted rates for education groups.

Mobile Meth Lab Seized in Tyler

police-car-lights3TYLER A Dallas man has been arrested in Tyler for drug violations. Taken into custody was Robert William Zandstra, 27, of Dallas. He has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, one gram or more but less than four grams, in a school zone, a 2nd degree felony. The ATF also entered the case because of the weapons that were found and additional charges may be filed. Read the rest of this entry »

Longtime Texas Journalist to Receive Madison Award

Donnis BaggettAUSTIN (AP) Longtime Texas journalist Donnis Baggett has been selected as recipient of the 2014 James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Baggett, executive vice president of the Texas Press Association, will receive the award September 12 during the John Henry Faulk Awards luncheon at the foundation’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport State Conference in Austin. The Madison award is given to those demonstrating a commitment to upholding the principles of the First Amendment. Baggett leads the press association’s governmental affairs program, focusing on protecting open records, open meetings and public notices. Baggett worked for Texas newspapers, including the Longview News-Journal, for nearly 40 years before joining the press association in 2012. Foundation President Diana Fuentes said Baggett “has spent his career working for freedom of the press and open government.”

Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Dead Hummingbirds

hummingbird-deadTYLER A 53-year-old Dallas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in a Tyler courtroom. KETK reports Carlos Delgado Rodriguez was indicted by a federal grand jury May 14 and charged with smuggling dead hummingbirds from Mexico into the United States. According to the indictment, from February 2013 through January 2014, Rodriguez was alleged to have unlawfully imported approximately 61 dead hummingbirds of various varieties into the United States for sale. The five-count indictment specifically alleged that the importation of dead hummingbirds violates the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Lacey Act, the federal smuggling law, and Texas state law. Rodriguez pleaded guilty August 27 and faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A date for sentencing has not been set.

Two Arrested on Drug-Related Charges after Shooting Incident

randyhollowaymugGLADEWATER An East Texas man is behind bars after a call concerning shots fired led to the discovery of meth, according to authorities. KETK reports that on Monday around 6:00 p.m., Gladewater police officers responded to the area of Phillips Springs and Paradise Hill in reference to possible shots fired. Upon arrival, police located a 30-year-old female and Randy Holloway, 35, of Gladewater, who said they had been the ones responsible for firing shots. Officers say through the course of the investigation they seized illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia and made two arrests. The woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and Holloway was allegedly found to be in possession of meth. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The name of the female suspect was not immediately released.

Tyler ISD Bond 2013 Construction Update

thumb_school-teacher-parentsTYLER Students returned to campuses this week to see large amounts of progress made on Tyler ISD Bond 2013 construction projects, according to a news release from TISD. Bond 2013 projects include the new Career and Technology Center (CTC), two new middle school campuses at the existing Moore MST Magnet School and Boulter Middle School locations, the new Three Lakes Middle School in South Tyler, and renovations and additions to Dixie and Rice elementary schools. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth Suspect Arrested in Longview Area Bank Robbery

toddgreggcoLONGVIEW Authorities have arrested the fourth suspect in a mid-August Longview-area bank robbery. According to KETK, law enforcement officials said Jarray Rashad Todd was arrested at his home in the 4300 block of Patton Drive in Longview on August 30 for aggravated robbery. The suspect was wanted on an FBI warrant out of Dallas in connection with a recent Austin Bank robbery. Read the rest of this entry »

Face of Hunger in East Texas Revealed by New Feeding America Report

thumb_easttexasfoodbankTYLER A new study by the East Texas Food Bank and Feeding America shows that 252,900 people in East Texas turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. According to a news release from the East Texas Food Bank, this includes 64,700 children and 68,800 older adults. You can go to to view the Hunger in America 2014 local report. Go to for the full national report. Read the rest of this entry »

Kilgore Theft Suspect Sought

kilgoretheftkpdKILGORE Kilgore police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of theft at a local retail store. Anyone with information on the person pictured at left is asked to e-mail Det. John Rowe at or call him at 903-218-6906. If desired, you can contact text an anonymous tip to 847411 + KILGORE + your tip. Please refer to KPD Incident #1408-1494.

Burn Ban Issued for Henderson County

thumb_burn-ban_1ATHENS Dry weather is beginning to take its toll in parts of East Texas. KETK reports an outdoor burn ban has been issued for Henderson County. According to the County Commissioners Court, the ban was announced Tuesday and will continue for 14 days.

Tyler ISD Seeking Nominations for First-Ever Distinguished Alumni Award

thumb_TISD_Logo_NewTYLER — The Tyler ISD Foundation, the Tyler Independent School District, and the Tyler Area Business Education Council have partnered to award the first-ever Tyler ISD Distinguished Alumni Award. The honor will be given annually to a Tyler ISD graduate whose achievements, strengths of character, and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge current students, according to a TISD news release. Officials say award finalists will have achieved excellence and made impactful and significant contributions to their profession or community. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspect Arrested Following Gas Station Robbery

Jose Alberto AguilarSMITH COUNTY A suspect has been arrested in a Smith County armed robbery. Taken into custody by Tyler police was Jose Alberto Aguilar, 30, of Tyler. He was a suspect in Monday afternoons robbery of the convenience store in the 1200 block of East Northeast Loop 323. Around 11:00 Monday night, police received an anonymous tip that Aguilar was walking on Walton Road near Pearl Street. A few minutes later, he was taken into custody without incident. Read the rest of this entry »

New Diana Voters Reject Tax Hike

DIANA — New Diana ISD residents rejected a tax rate increase on Saturday. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, it was voted down by a 247 to 169 margin. The district proposed a hike of 13 cents in the maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate in an attempt to generate more state and local funding as well as increase staff pay. If passed, it would have boosted state money by about $300,000, local by over $200,000, and would have seen staff get a two percent pay increase. trustee’s will review the decision at their next meeting on September 8.

Downtown Parking Changes Begin Today in Tyler

thumb_Tyler-downtownTYLER — Several changes to Tyler’s Downtown Business District parking become effective today. Extended parking is now available at the Fair Plaza Garage at Elm Street and College Avenue, across the street from the Tyler Public Library. According to a city news release, an automated gate system will allow a driver, without a monthly agreement, to obtain a ticket upon entering the garage. The ticket should be paid at an electronic kiosk, and the paid ticket is inserted upon exit. The new garage has 384 parking spaces, with both monthly leased parking and daily/hourly parking available. The garage will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. 7 p.m., except on official city holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

Longview Man Killed in Weekend Wreck

thumb_DPS-carHARRISON COUNTY A Longview man has died when his vehicle overturned in Harrison County. The Department of Public Safety said the driver, Kenneth Pearson, was on Farm Road 449 East when his SUV left the road for unknown reasons and overturned just before 2:45 Sunday afternoon. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Judge Nancy George pronounced Pearson dead at the scene about an hour later.

Local Computer Thief Sought

lindalewalmartthief090114LINDALE Lindale police are asking for the publics help in locating the pictured individual. KETK reports that the person of interest is seen running out of the Lindale Wal-Mart with an HP 19 All-in-One PC and getting into a blue Honda. The incident occurred August 12 around 11:00am. If you know this person, youre asked to contact Detective Mike Lazarine at (903) 882-3313.

Commission Approves Historical Racing

thumb_Dan-FlynnAUSTIN (Staff/AP) — Republican State Representative Dan Flynn of Van continues to keep an eye on a controversial issue. That’s after the Texas Racing Commission voted to allow machines using a new form of betting at dog and horse tracks called historical racing. The machines allow people to bet on races that have already happened. The videos are stripped of any identifying information so people can’t tell what races they’re betting on. A track now must receive the commission’s OK on specific plans for adding the machines. There are four horse tracks in Texas and three dog tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Hurt in Tyler Wreck

TYLER — Two people get a scare — but luckily, not much more — in a Sunday afternoon motorcycle wreck in Tyler. KETK reports It happened just before 4 at the intersection of Rice and Old Jacksonville. Police say a motorcyclist and his passenger were pulling out of a parking lot and were struck by a passing SUV. Both were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

Three Seriously Injured in Smith County Wreck

smithcowreckketkSMITH COUNTY Three people are hospitalized with serious injuries following a two vehicle accident in Smith County. The Department of Public Safety reports a pickup with five people pulled out of a driveway and was T-boned by a septic truck on Farm Road 2767, east of County Road 211. The accident happened just after 10:00 Monday morning. The three people injured were in the pickup. The septic truck driver was not injured. The names of the victims were not immediately released. None of the victims were children.

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