EAST TEXAS — The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) reported 845 new cases of coronavirus in Smith County Thursday. There are 995 active cases in Smith County and there have been 21,019 cases of recovery. Smith County has recorded 301 COVID-19 related deaths. In Gregg County, there were 209 new cases reported Thursday, bringing the currently active total to 584. There have been 11,309 recoveries and 203 COVID-19 related deaths in Gregg County. For more information on COVID-19 in East Texas, click here.
TYLER — The demolition of Tyler’s iconic Harvey Convention Center is set for Monday at 11 a.m., in anticipation of an all-new Rose Complex. Mayor Don Warren shared his memories of the convention center. He told KTBB he grew up in Tyler, moved back after moving away, and couldn’t say how many events he’s attended there. “But I tell ya,” he added, “if those walls could talk, there’d be a lot of stories over the last 50 years that the walls would speak.” The public is invited to the event, which will include a ceremony followed by the demolition. After the ceremony, attendees are invited to watch the demolition from a safe distance on bleachers set up in advance. Warren encourages you to come “with some excitement in anticipation of the news Rose Complex.” Target date for the new facility is October 2022.
WASHINGTON – A Washington, D.C., federal judge agreed Friday morning that an East Texas man charged in the January Capitol riot could have his electronic monitoring removed. According to our news partner KETK, Alex Harkrider, a 34-year-old Carthage native, was released on bond in April until his trial. He is charged along with 30-year-old Ryan Nichols, a Longview resident, of several crimes stemming from the riot. Harkrider filed a motion in late June to allow for electronic monitoring to be removed, with his D.C.-based attorney heavily relying on the recommendation of his pre-trial officer, Lupe Saucedo. The type of electronic monitoring used on Harkrider is not precise GPS monitoring, but rather a device that alerts authorities when he leaves his home.
HENDERSON – A Henderson man charged with murdering a woman in his home confessed to the crime in a police interview, according to an arrest warrant obtained by our news partner KETK. 39-year-old Coy Jones Sr. was arrested earlier this week after an 11-hour manhunt conducted by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and the Henderson Police Department. He is accused of killing 42-year-old Kristi Wilson Collier, a Henderson woman. Police found her with a gunshot wound to the head. The warrant says Jones confessed to killing Collier during a fight with her. He is facing life in prison.
TYLER (Staff/AP) — The UT Tyler Cowan Center continues to await word on developments regarding the ZZ Top concert scheduled for December 1 following this week’s death of bassist Dusty Hill. In a statement, Cowan Center Executive Director Susan Thomae-Morphew said in part, “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and the band. When we receive more information from the band, we will communicate with our patrons via the Cowan Center website and Facebook.” A July 21 post on the band’s website said Hill was “on a short detour back to Texas, to address a hip issue.” At that time, the band said its longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, would fill in on bass, slide guitar and harmonica. Hill was 72 when he died July 27.
SMITH COUNTY — A 43-year-old Kilgore man was sentenced to a little more than eight years in prison for drug trafficking violations. According to our news partner KETK, Christopher Marcell Mumphrey, 43, plead guilty on March 20 of this year to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to information presented in court on Feb. 5, 2020, Mumphrey was a passenger in a vehicle used to transport and distribute methamphetamine in Smith County. Mumphrey exited the vehicle and signaled to the buyer to approach the vehicle to complete the transaction.
TYLER — The Children’s Park of Tyler will host a Bears and Brews event July 31 at True Vine Brewery on Earl Campbell Parkway. Park officials say there will be fun and games for the whole family, including a teddy bear auction and rock painting. True Vine is donating $1 per beer, from one of their special beers, served that day. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 6:30, led by Friend of the Park and former Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. The Children’s Park of Tyler provides bereavement care to families who are grieving the loss of a child. Click here for more information.
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