TYLER — The Tyler City Council has approved the operation of Uber in the city, passing the transportation for hire ordinance in a 5-2 vote. According to information from Uber, the company operates in a number of Texas cities, and Tyler is the 14th city in the state to pass a modern ridesharing ordinance. KETK reports services in Tyler will start in about a month.… Read More
TYLER – There is a new truck owner in Tyler today. The winner of the Cattle Barons’ Truck Chance Drawing is Skylar Neitsch. He purchased the winning ticket from Tracy Edwards, Co-chair of the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala Truck Chance Drawing Committee. He is now the proud owner of a 2016 GMC Sierra Crew Cab SLE Cattle Barrons Edition presented by Hall Buick GMC. The Truck Chance Drawing raised $50,000 for the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society. Five hundred (500) tickets were sold at $100 each.
TYLER – Today marks the first day of school For TISD students. Last year, opening day attendance was over 17,000. Tyler police spokesman Don Martin reminds you, police officers will be back in school zones watching for violators for speeding and for cell phone usage in a school zone. He also has these reminders for you:
*Be alert for the school zone signs posted near schools.
*Keep alert for the children and the crossing guards as they make their way across the street.
*Slow down and prepare to stop if the crossing guard so indicates.
*It is illegal to use a wireless communication device in a school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.… Read More
QUITMAN – Wood County Judge Kenneth Bryan Jeanes has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 10 days in the Wood County Jail. He was released after serving two days of confinement over the weekend. Jeans was arrested April 28th after he was reported driving on the wrong side of the road on U.S. Highway 69 in Mineola. … Read More
LONGVIEW – A damaged license plate has led to two Gregg County residents being charged with drugs and weapons charges. Charged of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana was Aaron Matthew Delzell, 39, and Sherri Ann Perkins, 46, both of Gladewather. Delzell was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, while Perkins was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. The Longview News Journal reports their arrests came after a state trooper stopped their car around 11:00 Monday night at the intersection of Marshall Avenue and Fourth Street in Longview.
TYLER – A Smith County man is sentenced to prison in connection with his threat to a Bullard Church. Rasheed Abdul Aziz, 41, of Flint, was sentenced Monday to 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Last September, he was accused making a threat against Corinth Missionary Baptist Church. When arrested, he had a 9mm pistol. He had previously been convicted of an aggravated robbery in Harris County in 1996, thus making it illegal for him to possess a gun. Under the plea agreement, remaining charges against him were dismissed. Since the plea agreement was sealed, we don’t know what those additional charges were.
TYLER – An Upshur County teen is free on bond after being charged with a Tyler robbery. Lazadrick Lamar Heath, 18, of Gilmer was arrested Monday afternoon. He was later released on a $5,000 bond. He is charged with the robbery of the Fast i Repair store in the Broadway Square Mall. He is said to have taken his phone there for repair. After it was fixed, he is said to have grabbed the phone and left the store without paying for it. A store employee tried to stop him from leaving, but was unsuccessful. That altercation is what made it a robbery.
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana – A Longview man has died in a two vehicle wreck in Louisiana. Dead at the scene was Jabe Maddox, 39. He died when a car crossed over the highway median and hit his car. The crash occurred Monday afternoon on Interstate Highway 49, south of State Highway 485. The driver of the other car, Deytwan Demetrius, 18, of Fort Polk, Louisiana and his passenger, Trevon Lewis, 18, of Leesville, Louisiana, received minor injuries. Authorities say possible charges and toxicology tests are pending.
JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville community is mourning the loss of Assistant Fire Chief Dennis Tate. His sudden passing was a shock to many. Tate passed away Saturday in Jacksonville. No word on the cause of his death. Tate started work with the Jacksonville Fire Department in June of 1988. He served as the Fire Marshall and Assistant Fire Chief. His certifications include being a Fire Inspector and Investigator, Advanced Fire Fighter, EMT-I, Fire Instructor and he recently earned his Peace Officer badge. His duties with the department included supervising and training personnel, fire prevention, fire code enforcement and fire inspections. He was 58.… Read More
TYLER – Smith County’s Assistant Fire Marshall Oren Hale is under investigation. He has been cited for failing to maintain a single lane of traffic. He could also be charged with having an open container in his vehicle. He was said to have a cup in the center console of his county fire marshal’s unit. It was said to have contained coke and bourbon. Sheriff’s deputies say, when they pulled behind Hale’s vehicle, they both saw what they described as pornography on the onboard computer monitor inside the vehicle. Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson has ordered an investigation into the incident. … Read More
TYLER — A new report from The University of Texas System and UT Health Northeast shows, if Northeast Texas were a state, it would rank among the worst in terms of mortality for three of the top four leading causes of death in the U.S. The report used detailed mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report looks at a 35-county area, covering over 25,000 square miles. This is similar in size to West Virginia. The region is home to just over 1.5 million people, over half of whom live in a rural area.… Read More
LONGVIEW – A Zika cased has turned up in Gregg County. But the disease was contracted out of the country. The woman, who had developed the symptoms, had just traveled to Puerto Rico. She went to her doctor last Thursday and a blood test confirmed the disease. The Gregg County Health Department was notified late last Friday of the confirmed Zika case. They say it was a travel related case and was not from a local mosquito bite. They continue trapping and testing mosquitoes in Gregg County and none have tested positive for the Zika Virus.
LONGVIEW – A missing Longview man has been found. Last Friday, Longview police announced they were looking for Dontavious Elliott, 30. A family member says they last saw him in March or April of this year when he was dropped off at the Highway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview. The Longview Police Department Facebook page said on Monday Elliott has been located and is “ok.”
TYLER – Tyler police are investigating a major theft that occurred over the weekend at Peltier Chervolet on the west southwest loop. The thieves entered through a fence at the rear of the building around 1:00 Sunday morning. They put 48 cars up on blocks, stealing the wheels and tires from the vehicles. The loss is placed at $250,000. Investigators feel it was the work of a professional ring that strike car dealerships all over the state, traveling from city to city.
TYLER – A former Hopkins County school teacher has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Monday That 39 year old Lucas Hill was sentenced on Friday to over 30 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty in February to coercion or enticement of a minor. He is said to have created a fictitious Facebook page to pose as a teenage boy in order to contact numerous girls. He persuaded them to engage in sexually explicit conduct, including producing images and videos of themselves engaged in sexual activity. At the time, Hill was a teacher in the Cumby school system.
SMITH COUNTY — Smith County Officials have called off the search for a suspect wanted following a traffic stop. According to KETK, Smith County Deputies received a call from DPS Troopers around 5:30 Sunday evening requesting assistance in a pursuit. Troopers were reportedly following a vehicle on Highway 31 West, near Loop 49. The vehicle was eventually stopped and two people were arrested, however, a third person jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area. Smith County Sheriff’s units, including a K-9, responded to the scene. The search was called off a short time later. Additional details were not available.
LONGVIEW – Beginning Monday, traffic will be open on Spring Hill Road at Grace Creek. Motorists are asked to use caution while work is being completed. This bridge work is part of the City’s capital improvement drainage fund. This project consists of replacing the bridge top slab with a wider shoulder, replacing the wing wall and retaining walls including drilled column supports. This project is being constructed by East Texas Bridge of Longview.
TYLER – Here’s a look at work planned in the district during the Week of August 22. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment failure or other unforeseen issues.
Smith County construction projects updates:
Loop 323 West Widening at Union Pacific Railroad Underpass
*Limits: Tyler’s West Loop and SH 31
*Contractor: Longview Bridge and Road, Ltd., of Longview
*Cost: $12 million
*Anticipated Completion Date: Winter 2016
The contractor continues work on the new railroad bridge and retaining walls surrounding the abutments. Sidewalk work continues along with work on Bellwood Road West. A temporary detour is in place. The project includes widening Loop 323 from SH 31 to Shaw Street. The speed limit on Loop 323 in the work zone has been reduced to 45 mph from SH 64 to Shaw Street.… Read More
TYLER – One person is in custody in connection with a Tyler stabbing. It was reported shortly after 8:30 Saturday night at 3323 Garden Valley Road. One person was said to have been stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors. Their injuries were described as minor and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The suspect was identified as Nathan Mathew Davidson, 39, of Tyler. He was located and arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Smith County Jail.
TYLER – One person is in custody and two are being sought in connection with a Smith County robbery. It happened Friday at a residence on Broken Bow. Once inside, the men demanded, among other things, money. One even fired his gun in the house to intimidate the victims. One of the suspects was later found on County Road 37. Derion Marquis Rhodes, 21, of Tyler, has been charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest. He was also under active felony warrants for possession of a controlled substance. He is in the Smith County Jail under bonds totaling $63,000.
TYLER – The traffic signal at the intersection of Fifth Street and Old Omen Road is in red flash after being struck by lightning on Saturday. The intersection will remain in red flash until around 5:00 this afternoon when repairs are scheduled to complete. During this time, motorists should exercise caution and seek alternative routes if available.… Read More
TYLER – The Texas Department of Transportation is sponsoring household, workplace, and commercial vehicle travel surveys that will soon be conducted in the Tyler and Longview areas. The survey will be conducted by two transportation research firms, ETC Institute and Gram Traffic Counting. Beginning this fall, randomly-selected households and workplaces will be mailed notification letters, inviting them to participate in these voluntary surveys. Employees and visitors at participating workplaces may also be given the opportunity to contribute trip-related information as part of this effort. If asked, you are asked to consider taking part in the study. The results will help TxDOT and the Tyler and Longview Metropolitan Planning Organizations prioritize local transportation projects, improve mobility and reduce congestion.… Read More
TYLER – Tyler police had to direct traffic at several intersections Friday night because of a power outage. But the power has been restored and the signals are working normally. No word on what caused the outage. For a while officers were directing traffic at the intersection of Old Bullard and Loop 323, of East Hillsboro and East Gentry Parkway and East Martin Luther King and East Gentry Parkway.
TYLER – Power outages are causing some Tyler traffic problems tonight. Tyler police are currently directing traffic in the intersection of Old Bullard and Loop 323. Also, officers are directing traffic in the intersections of East Hillsboro and East Gentry Parkway and East Martin Luther King and East Gentry Parkway. Motorists are asked to avoid these intersections until power can be restored to the traffic signals.
TYLER – In partnership with the city of Baton Rouge and the Emergency and Disaster Services department of The Salvation Army, the City of Tyler will begin gathering requested supplies for flood victims to be transported to Louisiana next week. A collection center will be set up at the Recycle Center located at 418 North Bois D’Arc Avenue. Individuals wishing to donate may do so during business hours. Hours for the Recycle Center are Monday through Friday, 7:15am to 5:30pm and Saturday 8:00am to 2:00pm.… Read More
GILMER — A man remains in the Upshur County Jail on a sexual assault charge. The arrest warrant for Victor Andrea Mack was issued on Thursday. The warrant for Mack was issued after the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated allegations that Mack had sexually assaulted the victim, who is Intellectual disabled. Mack’s bond was set at $95,000 by Justice of the Peace Judge Lyle Potter. The case remains under investigation.
GILMER- A Large wooded area north of Gilmer has yielded a large marijuana growing operation. Over 2,500 plans were found in northern Upshur County. A tip led law officers to the marijuana field Thursday afternoon. No word on who was running the operation. According to the sheriff’s department Facebook page, no one was found at the location and not arrests have been made.
FRANKSTON – A four vehicle accident Thursday just north of Frankston killed one person and left the road blocked for an extended period. The accident happened around 1:30 Thursday afternoon on State Highway 155, between Farm Roads 3506 and 2215. The wreck caused a fuel spill and Hazmat crews were called in. One lane was opened around 7:00 Thursday night. The road was fully open at 10:15. The Hazmat crew was back on Friday to work on the shoulder and excavating the roadside affected area by the spill. No word yet from the Department of Public Safety on the victim’s name.
LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. He is Dontavious Elliott, 30. A family member says they last saw him in March or April of this year when he was dropped off at the Highway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview. Attempts have been made by the family and the police department to locate Elliott but there have been no leads. He is a black male, 5’8″ and weighing around 160 pounds. He was last known to have a blonde streak in his hair, and a goatee about 2-3 inches in length. If you know where he can be found, you are asked to contact the Longview Police Department.
AUSTIN – There has been a slight increase in the area’s unemployment rates. Tyler’s unemployment rate for July is placed at 4.9%. The report, from the Texas Workforce Commission, says this is the same unemployment rate from July of last year. But it is up .2% from the June figure. Longview’s unemployment rate for July was 6.8%. It was 6.5% in Longview in June and 5.6% in July of last year. The state’s unemployment rate is 4.6%. The national unemployment rate is the same as Tyler’s, 4.9%.