TYLER — Tyler police say several recent homicides could be drug related and connected. The first homicide happened on North Summitt Avenue. Mario Guzman, 32, was found fatally shot on his front porch early Friday morning. The second murder happened Monday afternoon on West Barrett Street, a few blocks from Guzman’s residence. Bennie Jackson, 65, was also found shot on his front porch. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A third person was found dead over the weekend, just outside of Tyler, on Highway 271. The Smith County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after the unidentified man was found fatally shot. Anyone with information is urged to contact Tyler Police at 903-531-1000 or Tyler Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.
HENDERSON COUNTY – Gabriel McBride, 46, has died at a Tyler hospital following a Monday afternoon shooting near Chandler. His daughter, Beverly McBride, 17, was was found on a couch inside the home, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said this was not a random shooting, it was a deliberate act. The Texas Rangers have joined Henderson County authorities in investigating the case.
TYLER – A woman accused of stealing $100,000 from a wedding venue in Flint has been arrested. Holly Longino Elliott, 42, who also goes by the name of Holly Leann Elliott, is charged with theft of property, greater than $30,000 but less than $150,000. Details of her arrest are unavailable. She is currently in the Smith County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
TYLER – The holiday season has arrived at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Tuesday through Saturday, the center is presenting a variety of holiday related shows in the domed theater. You will learn about the Mystery of the Christmas Star. There is also a “Season of Light,” which recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice. There is even a Laser Holiday show which features a mix of everyone’s favorite holiday music set to fantastic laser artwork. Theater seating is limited, and it is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance on line at http://sciencecenter.tjc.edu or at the front counter.… Read the rest of the article…
TYLER – Two Tyler businesses have won awards in the 2018 Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards Program. ETX Brewing Company was named winner of the Best Downtown Business in towns over over 50,000 population. The microbrewery participates in all of the downtown promotional activities.They also host a monthly game night fundraiser for the Tyler Public Library and Meet and Greets prior the symphony’s concerts. The winner of the 2018 Best Promotional Event – Festival Event was Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival, which is held in downtown Tyler each May.
TYLER — The Tyler Streets Department is closing Old Bascom Road from Shiloh Road to Old Omen Road to make emergency repairs. Repairs are expected to last through 5 p.m., weather permitting. Travelers are encouraged to find an alternative route and to pay attention to all traffic and construction signs.
LONGVIEW – The weather is causing a Christmas celebration in Longview to be canceled. The Christmas Balloon Glow, scheduled for the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, has been canceled for Thursday because of thunderstorms in the forecast. The organization said on its Facebook page, they had previously said “there would be no “rain date” or plan B, but we will let you know if that changes.” The event, which is organized by local balloon pilots in East Texas, is not an official Great Texas Balloon Race event.
TYLER – A member of the Tyler Police Department has received the Blue Ribbon Award at the Wednesday city council meeting. It was presented to financial crime detective Jeff Roberts. The city’s financial crimes unit has become experts on credit card skimming cases. Detective Roberts has taught classes on credit card skimming all over the state and with federal agencies in different parts of the U.S. The Blueprint Blue Ribbon Award goes to city employees who have placed the highest premium on responsiveness to the public’s needs.