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Authorities Warn of PayPal Scam

thumb_Harrison-County-Sheriffs-DepartmentMARSHALL — During the fall season, there seems to be an increase of scams that are reported to the local law enforcement agencies, according to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office. KETK reports the most recent scam is a notice from PayPal. If you quickly read the email, you’ll notice the logo for PayPal is slightly different; the email return for the fictitious account is to a Luxemburg address, and at the very bottom of the page it identifies the email as coming from a “Registered Office: Luxemburg.” Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher Resigns Following Inappropriate Texting Accusations

JustinKellyMug.1412784366WASKOM — An East Texas teacher accused of inappropriately texting a student has resigned from his position amid an ongoing investigation into that and other allegations. According to KETK, Waskom ISD Superintendent Jimmy E. Cox says Justin James Kelly, 24, of Waskom, put in his resignation Thursday morning. He was on paid administrative leave until the most recent development, per normal protocol. The high school agricultural science teacher was charged with online solicitation of a minor after the school police department was alerted to alleged inappropriate text messages sent to a female student. Police said he admitted to the accusations during an interview. Kelly was booked into the Harrison County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Kilgore Hotel Project Funding on Hold

KILGORE — The City of Kilgore has put a hold on the funding distribution to its hotel project. According to KETK, city officials say the hotel group was asking for too much money. The city puts tax dollars back into programs and boards that attract more people to Kilgore, such as hotels and the chamber of commerce. Officials say the hotel advisory board asked the city for $43,000 — more than what’s available in the budget. A special meeting will be held in two weeks, at which the Hotel Occupancy Tax Board will meet with Kilgore’s city council to work out a new budget.

Authorities Seeking Tips on Illegal Dumping

tiresdumpedpct4contableSMITH COUNTY — Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help identifying the person or people responsible for illegally dumping a large amount of tires in Smith County. According to KETK, Precinct 4 Constable John Smith said his office is offering $250 for any information leading to the arrest and indictments of those responsible. The tires and other items were found across from Jackson Water Supply Well Number 5, located at 6450 FM 2908 near Tyler. Contact Constable Smith at 903-590-4871 or [email protected] if you have any information on this case.

Two Arrested for Reportedly Prostituting Teen

prostituatinarrestsncsoNACOGDOCHES — Two people were arrested Tuesday for their alleged involvement with a child prostitute in Nacogdoches. According to the Nacogdoches Police Department, detectives arrested Stanley Warren Turner, 61, of Nacogdoches and Marashia Lasha Robinson, 24, of Nacogdoches, for the prostitution of a 14 year old girl. According to KETK, back on August 20, a runaway girl from another town was reported to local police. The teenager told officers she had spent some time in Nacogdoches, and while there, she had sexual relations with men. Read the rest of this entry »

Changes Made to Rice/Shiloh Road

Tyler logo2TYLER — The completion of pavement rehabilitation and lane reconfigurations on Rice/Shiloh Road from Old Jacksonville Highway to Troup Highway is scheduled for today. To increase safety and traffic flow, a continuous two-way left turn median has been provided, officials say. This new median offers a designated safe way for vehicles making left turns at intersections and driveways, according to a news release. The reconfigured roadway provides one or more eastbound lanes, two westbound lanes, and a continuous center turn lane. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and observe new warning and regulatory signs as well as pavement markings.

Charges Modified in Death of Child in Hot Truck

Russell LindstromTYLER – The charges against an East Texas man whose child died in a hot truck in June have been modified, according to Smith County judicial records. KETK reports Russell Lindstrom, 33, of Flint, was originally charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of injury to a child. Jail records now indicate Lindstrom has been charged with two counts of injury to a child. In addition to the change in charges, Lindstrom’s bond is now set at $175,000. Just this past August, State District Judge Kerry Russell of Tyler had lowered Lindstrom’s bond from $200,000 to $125,000. Lindstrom remains in Smith County Jail. Read the rest of this entry »

December Trial Date Set in Peterson Abuse Case

adrian_peterson_1CONROE (AP/Staff) – A Texas judge has tentatively set a December 1 trial date for Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson on a charge of felony child abuse for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. Judge Kelly Case set the date Wednesday as the former Palestine star made his first court appearance in suburban Houston for the incident that occurred earlier this year. Peterson did not enter a plea, though his attorney said he will eventually plead not guilty to the charge that carries a penalty of up to two years in prison. Peterson is on paid leave. The Vikings’ final game of the season is December 28. Read the rest of this entry »

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Victim Identified

police-car-lights2TYLER –- Authorities are investigating an accident around 10:40 last night that left a pedestrian dead. Officers with the Tyler Police Department responded to the area of 4700 Old Jacksonville Highway in reference to a report of a pedestrian, who had been struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian, Daniel Brandon Williams, 36, of Tyler, was said to be deceased by the time officers arrived. The driver of the vehicle had stopped and was waiting for officers. Read the rest of this entry »

Identity of Motorcyclist Killed Monday Released

police lightsTYLER – A motorcyclist who was killed after colliding with a vehicle in Tyler has been identified. He is Patrick Pugh, 23, of Tyler. Around 7:15 Monday evening, officers were notified of a major traffic accident at the intersection of Van Highway and Loop 323 involving a motorcycle and a car. EMS and the Tyler Fire Department were also dispatched to the scene where the motorcyclist was found to have life-threatening injuries and was quickly taken to a local hospital. He died shortly after 10:00 Monday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Awards Presented at Annual Chamber Meeting

thumb_tyler-area-chamber-of-commerceTYLER – Several businesses and individuals have been honored at the annual meeting of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. It was held Tuesday night at the Harvey Convention Center. Named as Tyler’s outstanding citizen of the year was Dr. Duane Andrews who received the T.B. Butler Award. Named as Tyler’s outstanding citizen under the age of 40 was Michael Lavender, who received the W.C. Windsor award. And the volunteer of the year award went to Michael Weiss, of Personal Web. Read the rest of this entry »

Quitman Student Brings Knife to School

QUITMAN – A student at Quitman’s middle school has been suspended after bringing a steak knife to school. The incident happened around noon Tuesday when school officials when the student displayed the knife and made threats with it. School Superintendent said in a letter on the school district’s web page, “The student was immediately confined and the weapon was confiscated without incident. No students or staff were injured.” Turner said “This is a violation of district policy and student code of conduct. School imposed disciplinary measures will occur and the school is cooperating with local law enforcement.”

Warning about IRS Scam

Better Business BureauTYLER — A phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents is currently hitting the East Texas area. In just the last two days, BBB Serving Central East Texas has received dozens of phone calls from consumers in Tyler area who have received these fraudulent calls. The IRS has put out an alert on the scam saying: “The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone” Read the rest of this entry »

U-T Tyler Dean Receives Award

James LumpkinTYLER – The Business and Technology Dean at the University of Texas at Tyler, Dr. James Lumpkin, has been presented the Academy of Marketing Science’s 2014 Harold W. Berkman Service Award. The award is the academy’s most prestigious and bears the name of the AMS founder. The award, which is given in recognition of long-term service to the academy and the marketing profession, has only been bestowed 10 times in the academy’s 42-year history. Lumpkin is the UT Tyler F.M. and Fannie Burke professor and dean of the College of Business and Technology. He has served the university since June 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Terminal Passenger Boarding Bridge Installation

East Texas Regional AirportLONGVIEW — The new passenger boarding bridge for East Texas Regional Airport was delivered today. Construction cranes began arriving at 6:00am and the first lift commenced at around 7:00. An additional crane was to arrive later and additional lifts occurred at midmorning. The bridge is manufactured by ThyssenKrupp who has provided passenger boarding bridges (PBB) across the country and around the world. The PBB was manufactured in Fort Worth. Installation of the PBB is part of the ongoing East Texas Regional Airport renovations and upgrade providing improved service to the flying public in East Texas.

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