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Two Lufkin Drug Arrests

Lufkin Police PatchLUFKIN — On two separate incidences, Lufkin police have arrested men on charges of possession drug paraphernalia. Around 12:15 Saturday morning, Lufkin police found George E. Denman, 60, in the 900 block of Weaver Avenue. On him they found drug paraphernalia and a crack pipe. Then, just before 2:00 Saturday morning, a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Jacob P. Castanon, 17. Found on him was a small amount of marijuana and a pipe.

Tyler Robber Sentenced to Prison

David FordTYLER — Because of a robbery in a mobile home park last year, a Tyler man is going to prison for 20 years. A jury found David Ford, 22, of Tyler, guilty yesterday. That panel later assessed the prison sentence. Ford was one of two men accused stealing a woman’s purse at gunpoint while she was in her driveway in a Shiloh Road mobile home community. The other suspect arrested in the case is Tevin Montravian Dorsey, 22, of Tyler.

UT Tyler Professor Named Educator of the Year

Ross ShermanTYLER — The Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration has named U.T. Tyler professor Dr. Ross Sherman as ‘Educator of the Year.’ Serving the school since 1987, Sherman is a professor of educational leadership and policy studies. He was appointed dean of the U.T. Tyler College of Education and Psychology in May, having served as interim since September 2012. The award recognizes members for their outstanding cumulative contributions to the development of educational leaders in Texas K-12 secondary schools. Read the rest of this entry »

All Area Burn Bans Lifted

burn ban signEAST TEXAS — Because of last Friday’s rains, and because the rain expected this weekend, all area burn bans have been lifted. Nacogdoches and Titus Counties were the last two counties to lift their burn bans. But area officials using caution when burning outdoors. They add, if the drought continues, the burn bans could be reissued.

Identities Released in Fatal Shooting at Gilmer Football Stadium

jonathan_ray_shepherd_mug_upshurGILMER — A man has been taken into custody in connection with a murder at an 8th grade football game in Gilmer. A woman was killed in the high school parking lot during a game between Gilmer and Gladewater Thursday night. She has been identified as Cheyenne Green, 29, Gilmer. Her body has been taken to Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Tyler for autopsy. The shooting occurred around 9:00 Thursday night. A couple of hours later, Jonathan Ray Shepherd, 32, surrendered to authorities at the Upshur County Jail. Investigators say its appears as if the shooting followed an argument about parental rights. The couple shared custody of their two year old son. At his arraignment Friday morning, Shepherd’s bond was set at $1 million.

Longview Man Busted for Pot Possession

Joshua Neal FlowersLONGVIEW — A Longview man is free on a $25,000 bond after being caught with 70 pounds of marijuana. Arrested was Joshua Neal Flowers, 31. He was stopped for speeding by a state trooper on State Highway 31 around 10:30 Wednesday night. The trooper said there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the tucks’ cab and bed. He also said Flowers was extremely nervous. As he searched the truck he found a suitcase and a box, both containing marijuana. Flowers told the officer he was being paid to deliver the marijuana to Longview.

Crews Prepare for Loop Widening

thumb_TxDotTYLER — Your morning and evening commute in Tyler is going to be getting a little easier if you travel on West Loop 323. According to KETK, TxDOT is adding another lane on the Loop on both sides underneath the train trestle. Construction will start in February 2014. Officials say it should take about a year and half to finish. It’s been in the works for years, but they needed funding and approval from city groups and the railroad to move forward. TxDOT will build a temporary overpass for the train so the railroad can continue to operate. Drivers will be advised to pass carefully through the area during construction, or seek alternate routes.

Barry Barnett Running for Commissioners Court

thumb_voting-computerARP — Arp resident James “Barry” Barnett, 50, has announced he is seeking election to the Smith County Commissioner’s Court, Precinct 2. Barnett will run in the 2014 Republican primary; thus far, he faces only incumbent Cary Nix in that race. Barnett operates an aviation management company, ETJS, LLC. He oversees all maintenance for a local charter company at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, and he is one of the founding directors of the Wings over Tyler Air Show, which kicked off in 2011. Barnett is a certified firefighter with the Arp Volunteer Fire Department and served as President of the Northeast Texas District for the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Firm Hired to Clear Site of Abandoned Hotel

land_clearning_lnjLONGVIEW — The Longview Economic Development Corp. on Wednesday approved spending almost $900,000 to reclaim a former hotel property at Estes Parkway and Interstate 20. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. LEDCO’s board of directors voted unanimously to hire Kingwood-based Inland Environments to clear the blighted former Holiday Inn property in South Longview. The largest cost of $387,880 is for abatement of asbestos contamination that was discovered during the purchase process. Reclamation work should begin in October and take about five months. Read the rest of this entry »

San Antonio Murder Suspect Arrested in Jacksonvile

jose_gutierrezusmsJACKSONVILLE — A man wanted for murder in San Antonio has been arrested in East Texas. Thursday, members of the U.S. Marshal’s Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force executed an active murder warrant in the 900 block of Churchill Street in Jacksonville, arresting Jose Gutierrez. KETK reports Gutierrez was booked into the Cherokee County Jail to await transfer to Bexar County.

School Chief Responds to Concerns over Chapel Hill Bond Proposal

CHAPEL HILL — Taxpayers in Chapel Hill are concerned over the school’s proposed $31.2 million bond. Dr. Donni Cook, Chapel Hill’s superintendent, tells KETK the school district has been transparent with bond information. Cook says as enrollment climbs, new additions to the district are needed. If taxpayers have concerns, Cook encourages them to speak up or submit letters requesting information. Early voting on that bond issue is set for October 21st.

Man in Jail for Many 911 Calls

Reagan Marshall WagnerLONGVIEW — A Longview man has been arrested after being accused of making repeated, abusive calls to 911. Reagan Marshall Wagner, 22, is charged with silent or abusive calls to 911, and terroristic threat against a public servant. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail on a bond of $2,000. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Smith County Assistant DA Now in the Federal System

Eastern District of Texas SealSHERMAN — A federal prosecutor has been assigned to the Sherman office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Tatum was administered the Oath of Office by U.S. Attorney Bales, Wednesday before a small crowd of friends, family, and government officials at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sherman. Read the rest of this entry »

Search Warrant Served at Prosperie Residence

Carey ProsperieTYLER — Tyler police returned yesterday to the home of a retired druggist who has been charged with sexual assault of a child. The officers were serving a search warrant on Jeff Davis Drive at the home of James Carey Prosperie. Officers were not able to say what they were looking for, but they could be seen coming out of the house with some cardboard boxes. Read the rest of this entry »

Council Approves Tax Hike

thumb_Barbara-BassTYLER — Tyler’s City Council approves a property tax increase of just a little over a penny. Some think the hike is too much, but Mayor Barbara Bass tells KETK it’s the city’s first significant upward move in property taxes in 15 years, “and the real numbers are very affordable. We’re using this to get us back with our savings like we need.” Bass says the city is still recovering from the period when the economy and sales tax figures were down. She adds that the owner of a $100,000 house will see a tax increase of about $15 per year.

Two Forgery Suspects Arrested

loop323wreckketkTYLER — Two men are in custody in connection with a string of bank forgeries around the Tyler area. Detectives from both the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Tyler Police Department are working together on the case to determine how many banks and other businesses may have been affected. The identities of both men are being withheld as officers continue their investigation to determine if other persons might be involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Seek Robbery Suspect

tyler_robbery_ketkTYLER — Police are looking for the lone gunman who robbed a Tyler business. The robbery was reported around 3:15 yesterday afternoon at CashXpress Title Loan, in the 300 block of Rice Road. According to employees, the man displayed a black and silver semi-automatic handgun, took some cash and then fled on foot. No injuries were reported. The suspect is described as a black male about 5’4″ and around 30 years of age. He was wearing a blue cloth over his face, a gray sweatshirt hanging around his neck, a black t-shirt and baggy blue jeans. The clerks also said the suspect had noticeable tattoos on both forearms.

Two More Burn Bans Dropped

burn ban signEAST TEXAS — Hopkins and Angelina Counties have dropped their burn bans, joining a list of area counties that have done likewise since last Friday’s rains. Officials everywhere in the area continue to urge caution while burning. They remind you that burn bans could be reinstated if we don’t get additional rain in the near future.

Five Arrested in Nacogdoches on Drug Charges

thumb_police-8NACOGDOCHES — Five people have been arrested and over two pounds of marijuana have been seized in Nacogdoches after two search warrants were executed early Tuesday morning. KETK reports officers of the Nacogdoches Police Department executed the warrants simultaneously at two residences next door to each other on Humphrey Road. Officers say they recovered marijuana, hydrocodone and prescription medication during the operation. Read the rest of this entry »

Harrison County Men Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Violations

thumb_dept-justice-sealMARSHALL – Three Marshall men have been sentenced to federal prison by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of Marshall for drug trafficking violations. All three pleaded guilty May 3 and were sentenced Tuesday. Santiago Carbajal Abelardo, 26, and Jehovani Abelardo, 21, were each sentenced to 90 months behind bars for possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. Santos Acuna, 24, got 11 months for possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. Read the rest of this entry »

Lawsuit Filed in Fatal Tour Bus Wreck

tour_bus_ax_ketkHOUSTON — Two passengers have filed a joint lawsuit against the tour bus company that was allegedly responsible for a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 59. KETK reports that the law firm of Ramsey Hill filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Houston on behalf of Edgar Vela and Sergio Torres against American Coach Lines of Atlanta seeking monetary damages. The wreck happened last Thursday morning around 1:00 on Highway 59 near the Farm Road 1794 intersection, which is between Marshall and Carthage.

According to the Department of Public Safety, an El Expreso tour bus was headed north when the driver pulled a U-turn after learning a passenger had been left behind at a truck stop. During the U-turn, a tractor-trailer hauling sand collided with the bus. Authorities say the bus driver failed to check for oncoming traffic. Two people were killed and and several others were injured. The tour bus, which was heading from Houston to Chicago, is owned by the American Coach Lines of Atlanta, Inc., a Houston-based company.

CPS Workers Indicted in Van Zandt County-Linked Case

thumb_Lady-JusticeGREENVILLE — Three Hunt County Child Protective Services workers are jailed after they were indicted on a number of charges. One of the cases has to do with murdered Greenville teenager Alicia Moore, whose body was found in Van Zandt County. Laura Ard, 60, of Rockwall, Natalie Reynolds, 33, of Fate, and Rebekah Ross, 33, were all picked up. Sheriff Randy Meeks says the grand jury indicted them for alleged evidence tampering, and one of the three faces three counts of official oppression, while another faces four official oppression counts. While the case is related to Alicia Moore’s death, sources are clear that none of the three are implicated in the murder itself; rather, they investigated Moore among other CPS clients. CPS says it is not aware of the investigation.

Three High School Football Players Arrested

thumb_police-longview2LONGVIEW — Three Pine Tree football players have been arrested for possessing marijuana several months ago. KETK reports all three players have been playing in every game for the Pirates this season. The three are identified as Robert Hines, Tyler Smith and Ladarius Fluellen. It stems from a June 11th incident when police were called to the high school. According to the Longview Police Department, a Pine Tree teacher called authorities to report the alleged drug use on school property in June. The report also states the high school principal was present during a search by police. Read the rest of this entry »

Drowning on East Texas Lake

LAKE MURVAUL — A two year old boy has drowned in Lake Murvaul. He is Kemper Jullian Francis Dziesinski, who appears to have gotten out of his bed, opened the back door to his home on County Road 198, and ended up in the lake. He was found floating in about three feet of water around 11:00 Sunday morning. The youngster was first taken to ETMC-Carthage. After doctors found a slight pulse, he was airlifted to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. When doctors determined he was not responding to treatment, he was taken off life support Monday night. Authorities say they don’t suspect foul play, but Child Protective Services is conducting an administrative investigation.

Officials Continue Investigating Train Fatality in Van Zandt County

WILLS POINT — The investigation is continuing into the death of a Wills Point man who was hit by a train. He is Guy Richard Herring, 56, who was struck around 8:00 Monday night as he crossed the tracks in the 500 block of East North Commerce Street. Two persons with him had already crossed the tracks when the accident occurred. Investigators say some crew members told them Herring waved his hand and screamed something just before he was hit. He was said to have been carrying an unopened six-pack of beer at the time of the accident. His body has been sent to a Dallas lab for autopsy and toxicology report.

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