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Crude Oil Thefts in Wood County

Wood County Sheriffs DeptQUITMAN — Wood County Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help after the equivalent of more than 300 barrels of raw crude oil were stolen. the oil was taken in thefts from three locations during the past seven weeks in the area of Farm Road 2966 and Farm Road 69 in Wood County. If you can supply any information after the thefts, you’re asked to contact Wood County Crime Stoppers at 903-763-CASH (2274). Information leading to an arrest could lead to up to a $1,000 reward.

Man Charged with Assault of a Child

Dimitri Deshun TaylorKILGORE — A Rusk County man has been arrested on two charges of assault of a child. Arrested late Thursday night at his home between Liberty City and Kilgore was Dimitri Deshun Taylor, 21. His arrest followed his indictment by the Rusk County Grand Jury on the complaints. Taylor remains in the Rusk County jail under bonds totaling $80,000.

Congressman Hall Says 2014 Campaign Will be His Last

Ralph HallFORT WORTH (AP/STAFF) — Ninety-year-old Texas Congressman Ralph Hall, the oldest person ever to serve in the U.S. House, says his 2014 campaign will be his last. The Rockwall Republican filed once again for his House seat, along with five Republican primary challengers, but said last week that it will be his last campaign. At one time, Hall’s district included Smith County. Read the rest of this entry »

One Arrested In Connection With Longview Murder

Alejandro Garcia GallegosLONGVIEW-— One man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Andres Chavez, whose body was found in the woods near Sabine Street in Lognview. On December 27, at 6:00 a.m., the Longview SWAT team executed a search and arrest warrant in rural Smith County in reference to the homicide in the 1100 Block of Sabine Street that occurred on or about December 23. Alejandro Garcia Gallegos was arrested on a charge of murder. With the assistance of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Gallegos was interviewed in reference to his part in this ongoing investigation. Gallegos was transported to the Gregg County Jail and booked into jail on a $500,000. bond. Anyone with more information is urged to contact Longview Police. Read the rest of this entry »

Gregg County Inmate Hospitalized

DocumentFragment_4264642LONGVIEW — A Gregg County Jail inmate remains in serious condition today at Longview’s Good Shepherd Medical Center. He is identified as William Brown, 58, of Longview. According to the Longview News-Journal, Brown was arrested by Longview police December 14 and charged with theft. Prior convictions on that charge elevated the misdemeanor charge to a felony. Read the rest of this entry »

East Texas Duo Charged with Theft

DocumentFragment_4275657LONGVIEW — A pair of alleged East Texas burglars are behind bars after a Gregg County Deputy spotted the two in the process of breaking into a local business after reportedly stealing a truck. According to KETK, Tommy Wobbington Jr.(pictured) and Mysti Stell were arrested for burglary of a building Tuesday night. Officials said the deputy was on patrol December 24th when he noticed a suspicious vehicle next to East Texas Sonar, 3200 Highway 259 North. The business, as well as other businesses in the area, had recently been burglarized. Read the rest of this entry »

Car Crashed Into Apartment Building

bridges2TYLER — The Tyler Police Department responded to a report of a car that had crashed into an apartment complex. It happened Thursday afternoon at the Brides on Kinsey, 4411 Kinsey Drive. According to KETK, the driver said he was pulling into a parking place when his brakes failed. He ran into the side of the building, barely avoiding the window. No injuries were reported.

Police Investigate Christmas Morning Assault

LONGVIEW — Police are investigating after a morning assault in Longview. According to Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian, a man was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after an assault early Christmas morning. The Longview News-Journal reports, a witness told police shortly before 8:00 they had found a man unconscious in the parking lot of a business in the 1500 block of Texas 31 near Loop 281. Police have not released the name of the victim and do not have any suspects. Police ask anyone with information about the incited to call Longview police detectives at (903) 237-1199. To remain anonymous, call Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.

Fire Damages Big Sandy Apartments

BIG SANDY — Apartments in a Big Sandy apartment complex have been damaged by Christmas morning fire. It was reported around 5:00am at the Shady Chateau apartment complex in the 200 block of West Gilmer Street. According to KETK, fire officials say there were no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Overton Home Destroyed in Fire

OVERTON — An Overton home has been destroyed in a Christmas Eve fire. The fire was reported just before 4:00 Tuesday afternoon in the 600 block of Lamar Street. A man and a woman suffered minor burns in the fire, which was said to have been caused by a space heater.

Two Injured When Truck Hits Tyler Business

TYLER — Two persons have been injured when a truck hit a Tyler business. It happened around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at The Tyler Hardware Store in the 1800 block of West Gentry Parkway. The accident occurred when a car traveling on Gentry Parkway, hit a car in the stores parking lot and then hit the store. The driver who hit the store, as well as a woman inside the building, were injured. Their injuries were not life threatening.

Harrison County Fatality Reported

DPS badgeMARSHALL — The Department of Public Safety is reporting one person has been killed in a pedestrian/vehicle accident on Interstate Highway 20. It happened Monday night shortly before 8:15, eight miles west of Marshall. Killed was Michael Shayne Haltom, 35, of Magnolia, Arkansas. The DPS reports Haltom had crawled onto an east bound lane of the interstate when he was struck by several vehicles and killed. The body has been sent to Tyler for autopsy.

Body Identified, Homicide Investigation Continuing

Andres ChavezLONGVIEW — The Longview Police Department is continuing its investigation of a body found in the woods near Skipper Lake. The body has been identified as that of Andres Chavez, 19, of Longview, shown here on Face Book page. Monday morning shortly after 7:30, authorities were dispatched to a report of a dead body in the 1100 Block of Sabine Street. When officers arrived they found a man lying outside a car near a wooded area. Police have not made a positive identification of the victim. They say they are treating the death as a homicide. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Longview Police Department at 903-237-1199. If the tipster wishes to remain anonymous they can contact Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-7867.

Fire at Camp County Egg Farm

PITTSBURG — Fire has destroyed two structures at an egg farm in Camp County. It is located southeast of Pittsburg on County Road 1120. Pittsburg Fire Chief Carl Carvey tells KETK a cutting torch sparked a grass fire at the farm and burned down two chicken houses. The fire was reported shortly before 2:45 Monday afternoon. There were no injuries. The buildings belonged to a company called Texas Egg.

Angry Longview Driver Arrested

Daniel E. BeauchampLONGVIEW — A Longview man is free on bond following an arrest due to “angry” driving. Arrested was Daniel E. Beauchamp, 43. According to the Longview News- Journal, police say, when he was first spotted, he was driving so poorly they thought he was drunk. Officers said when they first tried to stop him, Beauchamp fled down Marshall Avenue and Alpine Road. He finally pulled over in the 1200 block of Alpine Road. Beauchamp told the officer the reason for his erratic driving was because he had gotten into an argument with his wife, was upset and not paying attention to his driving. He’s currently free on a $5,000 bond.

Illegal Dumping, An Ongoing Tyler Problem

illegal dumpingTYLER — It is unlawful to dump trash such as tires, household garbage, brush, appliances or furniture within Tyler city limits. Non-commercial dumping of less than five pounds is a Class C Misdemeanor which can result in fines up to $2,000. Since the inception of the Code Enforcement Department on Jan. 1, 2008 there have been 1,579 illegal dumping cases to date. Read the rest of this entry »

19,000 Acres of East Texas Forest Protected

Boggy Slough ForestAUSTIN (AP) — The T.L.L. Temple Foundation, International Paper and The Conservation Fund have closed a deal to protect 19,000 acres of hardwood forest along the Neches River in East Texas. The groups say they closed the deal on the conservation easement Monday to protect the Boggy Slough Forest west of Lufkin. The Temple family purchased the land in the 1900s. Owners since the 1960s have used Boggy Slough as a forest and wildlife management area and the new agreement guarantees that the hardwood forest and wetlands will be kept as a nature preserve. The tract stretches 18-miles along the Neches River and includes 4,500 acres of riverside forest that has not been touched in decades. Buddy Temple, the foundation’s chairman, said the land is among the most unique places in Texas.

N. Texas Man Indicted in 1 of 5 Suspected Deaths

Charles BrownlowKAUFMAN (AP) — A rural North Texas man has been indicted of capital murder for one of five killings authorities say he carried out in a late October shooting spree. Charles Brownlow was indicted Friday in the death of Luis Gerardo Leal-Carrillo. The 36-year-old Brownlow was arrested in the early hours of October 29. Police say he fatally shot five people in the town of Terrell, east of Dallas, including his mother and aunt.Police have not commented on a potential motive for Brownlow, who has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for drug possession, burglary and assaulting a family member. His brother has said that Brownlow had a drug addiction. He remains held in the Kaufman County jail without bond.

One Killed in Lufkin Wreck

police-car-lights2LUFKIN– Lufkin police continue their investigation into a pair of accidents over the weekend that left a man dead. Killed was Donald Campbell, 68, of Lufkin. He was involved in a two vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Chestnut Street shortly after 6:00 Saturday night. Authorities tell KETK, as Campbell was checking on the driver of the other car, a third vehicle struck and killed him. The name of the woman, who was driving the third vehicle, has not been released.

Man Charged with DWI with Child in Vehicle

randy_eckenfelsLUFKIN — An East Texas man has been arrested after reportedly causing a wreck in Lufkin. It happened at 10:41 a.m. in the 1700 block of Frank Avenue when Lufkin Police were called to a crash in that area. According to KETK, upon arrival, officers found Randy W. Eckenfels, 28, of Lufkin, under the influence of alcohol with a one-year-old child in the vehicle. Further investigation found that Eckenfels had 94 pills of Carisprodol, which is a prescribed muscle relaxer, in an orange bottle issued to him. Police took a blood sample and are waiting for the results of that test to come back. The child has no known injuries and is now in the custody of his grandfather. Eckenfels is currently in Angelina County Jail under a $5,000 bond

Officials Seeking Information in Liquor Store Burglary

IMG_1315GREGG COUNTY — The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office requests assistance is a burglary at a Kilgore liquor store. It happened around 10:45 Sunday morning at Texas Tea Liquor, 6362 Highway 31 West. According to deputies, the owner discovered a hole in the back wall of the building. Surveillance cameras recorded three suspects enter the business around 8:00 a.m. All three appeared to be black males, wearing hoodies and all have facial hair. Two of the suspects appear to be wearing glasses. One suspect is bald with a groomed, full beard. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 237-2506 or Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-STOP.

Tyler Police Searching for Robbery Suspect

crimescene-2TYLER — Tyler Police responded to a report of a robbery at a local gas station yesterday afternoon. Officials said it happened around 1:00 in the 6500 block of South Broadway at the Valero gas station. According to the clerk, a male subject entered the store and demanded the money from the register. The clerk said the suspect did not display any weapons during the robbery. She described him as approximately 5’08, slender build, wearing a blue and black plaid jacket with a light colored hoodie underneath, blue jeans, black and white sneakers and blue gloves. The suspect was also wearing a dark colored mask over his face. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tyler Police Department.

Tyler Road Closed for Water Line Repairs

TYLER — The City of Tyler is working to repair a water line in Tyler. The Water Department is currently reparing a water line under Rice Road west of Hollytree Drive. All westbound lanes of Rice Road from Hollytree Drive to Plantation Drive will be closed until further notice. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and take alternative routes of travel to avoid delays.

Longview Police Investigating Fatal Hit and Run

Longview PD BadgesLONGVIEW — One woman is dead after an early morning hit and run accident in Longview. It happened at 12:15 in the 1600 block of South Green Street. Longview Police were called to scene and found a woman who had been hit by a vehicle. According to KETK, Tabitha Lynn Herriage Rodriguez, 33, of Longview, was walking northbound in the inside lane of South Green Street when she was hit by a suspect’s vehicle. After striking Rodriguez, the driver continued traveling northbound and failed to stop and help the victim. Rodriguez was taken to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a maroon or red truck. If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call Longview Police at 903-237-1199 or call the Gregg County Crime Stoppers.

Country Legend Price Remembered as Innovator

1381610_518986768191637_925345008_nMOUNT PLEASANT (AP) — Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price has been remembered at a memorial service in his East Texas hometown as a musical innovator and a gentleman. The Daily Tribune reports hundreds of people packed the service on Saturday in Mount Pleasant, the town about 110 miles northeast of Dallas where Price had lived for 31 years. At the service, a statement from Willie Nelson was read. Nelson wrote that, “Without a Ray Price, there wouldn’t have been a Willie Nelson.” Price gave Nelson his first big break when he hired Nelson to play bass in his band. Price died Monday at the ranch he owned with his wife, Janie, outside Mount Pleasant. He was 87. A funeral is planned for Dec. 28 in Dallas.

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