AUSTIN – Governor Abbott Friday signed the William Thomas Heath Power Line Safety Act into law. According to our news partner KETK, the final version reconciled legislation filed in March by State Representative Chris Paddie of Marshall and State Senator Bryan Hughes of Mineola. Nearly two years ago, three Hallsville Boy Scouts — Will Brannon, Thomas Larry, and Heath Faucheux — were electrocuted while sailing on Lake O’ the Pines. Their sailboat’s mast came in contact with a low-hanging power line that crossed over the lake. The legislation strengthens power line inspection requirements by the utilities that operate them and increases transparency through reporting non-compliance issues to the state. The boys’ parents say this legislation honors their sons, whose legacy will be to save lives.
MARSHALL — A high-speed stolen vehicle pursuit that began in Louisiana has ended in Marshall. Marshall police say they were notified around 5:35 Saturday afternoon that the vehicle was entering their city on I-20 approaching U.S 59, being chased by units from Louisiana and Harrison County. Marshall patrol units served in a support role, clearing intersections and alerting traffic. The driver drove northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 59 for about a mile before changing back over to the northbound lanes. Police say Richar Landeverde of Kilgore eventually crashed into a vehicle in the intersection of U.S. Highways 59 and 80. He was arrested by Harrison County deputies and jailed on several charges. The Marshall Police Department is conducting the crash investigation. Landaverde has additional charges pending in Louisiana.
ATHENS — The Henderson County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s Offices are working with the Texas Rangers in investigating a Saturday shooting on Red Oak, outside Larue. Sheriff Botie Hillhouse says his office received a call around 1:10 a.m. regarding a disturbance at a residence. Hillhouse says three males and one female arrived in front of the home in two vehicles, two of them bearing firearms, and began yelling at the occupants. Hillhouse says shots ensued after a male resident came out onto the porch bearing a firearm. Two of the three males who had come to the residence were shot. They were both transported to a Tyler hospital and are in stable condition. Hillhouse didn’t immediately provide further details.
AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott Saturday signed into law House Bill 1545, which allows beer-to-go sales for craft breweries in the state. The bill also extends the operations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and reduces what Abbott terms “burdensome regulations on the beer and wine industry.” Among those joining the governor was state Representative Chris Paddie (pictured) of Marshall, who authored the measure. In a news release, Abbott termed the signing “a major win for the freedom and economic prosperity for which Texas has become known.”
TYLER — Early voting begins Monday in the runoff for Tyler City Council District 3, with Shirley McKellar and Pamela Phoenix vying for the post. Voters may cast their ballots early through June 25, except weekends, at the HUB on East Ferguson Street. Election day is June 29. Go to https://www.smith-county.com/government/departments/elections/current-election-information to learn more.
TYLER — The IdentoGo TSA Pre✓ Mobile RV will be stationed at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport and will provide service Monday, June 17, through Wednesday, July 3. The Mobile Enrollment Center will be located in the airport’s long term parking lot. To get started, customers must pre-enroll online at the TSA Pre✓ website. TSA Pre✓ is an expedited screening program for identified low-risk air travelers. Visit the TSA Pre✓ website for questions about enrollment.
TYLER — TxDOT is planning more construction and maintenance work throughout the Tyler District during the week of June 17. In Smith County, Tyler Maintenance crews plan to conduct coring operations Monday on SH 155S just north of Toll 49 and then move to SH 110S between Shiloh Road and Toll 49. In Gregg County, Longview Maintenance crews plan to conduct edge repairs on the I-20 Service Road off FM 2087. Go to https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/local-news/tyler/034-2019.html for a complete rundown of work scheduled around the district.
RUSK — Jury selection for the Cherokee County 2nd District Court has been cancelled for Monday, June 17. According to our news partner KETK, the reason for the cancellation is unclear.