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Children found in U-Haul, mother arrested

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said a woman has been arrested after transporting her children in the cargo area of a U-Haul truck. According to a release, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office requested help from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of a U-Haul that was possibly transporting children in the cargo area. Cherokee County deputies and Rusk police officers located the U-Haul and made contact with the vehicle on FM 23 near Rusk. A 42-year-old woman was reportedly driving the truck along with a 3-year-old, 4-year-old and a 17-year-old in the passenger area. The sheriff’s office said none of them were secured with seatbelts or “restraint devices.” During the welfare check, deputies discovered several people in the cargo area as well. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said the woman driving the U-Haul was the mother of all the occupants. At the time of the welfare check, the temperature inside the cargo area of the U-Haul was at 98.6 degrees and “the children were observed to be sweating profusely.” The mother was arrested for driving without a license. The sheriff’s office said the investigation is under investigation and additional charges of injury to a child and injury to a disabled individual are pending. Child Protective Services is reportedly working with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to make arrangements for the children and ensure their safety


DPS says massive tech issue closes driver license offices statewide

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety reports driver license office across the state are currently closed due to a technical issue which is related to the global CrowdStrike incident. Customers with appointments should have been notified of the closure. DPS IT teams are working diligently on a fix to the issue, however, there is no current estimate on when licensing offices will be able to reopen. DPS asks that you please monitor their social media and the DPS website for updates.
 


Henderson Police searching for shooting suspect

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

HENDERSON – The Henderson Police Department is searching for a suspect in connection to a shooting that happened in the 1200 block of US Highway 79 North on Saturday. According to our news partners KETK, Henderson PD officers responded to the scene after they got reports of a shooting at around 1 a.m. on Saturday. Crime scene detectives were called out to the scene and determined that a shooting did happen but luckily no one was reported as injured.

Witnesses described a potential suspect as a black male with short hair who wore a red Kansas City Chiefs jersey, white Air Jordans and blue jeans. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Henderson Police Department at 903-657-3512.


Longview proposes water bill increase, no raises for city workers

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

LONGVIEW — Longview residents may have an increase in their water bills as part of the proposed budget for next year.

The City of Longview held a special council meeting on Thursday to discuss the fiscal year 2024-2025 budget. City Manager Rolin McPhee made a presentation where he proposed a $95 million budget.

McPhee said the State of Texas receives from Longview more than twice in sales tax revenues than what Longview receives from property and sales taxes combined. The projected tax revenue the state will receive from the city will be nearly $192 million while the city is projected to receive less than half at $87 million tax revenue. To offset this, McPhee proposed a water and sewer rate change, something the city has not seen in five years.
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East Texas impacted by global technology outage

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

EAST TEXAS – Some East Texas cities and businesses are experiencing service disruptions caused by a global technology outage. Texas-based cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike announced one of their updates had a defect that caused outages in banks, hospitals, and other industries nationwide on computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. An update took computers offline, then caused a “recovery boot loop” which prevented systems from restarting quickly.

The cities of Jacksonville and Palestine both took to Facebook to warn customers about service interruptions with processing payments. Jacksonville announced their online and phone payments were back online a few hours later. As of 11:45 a.m., Palestine City Hall can only accept checks or cash payments as their systems remain down.
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FFRF sends letters to Rusk ISD to stop student led prayers

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

RUSK – Our news partner KETK is reporting that over the past seven months, the Wisconsin-based “Freedom From Religion Foundation” (FFRF) sent three letters to Rusk ISD, asking the district to stop their student-led prayers before football games, claiming they are unconstitutional. FFRF is a national non-profit that advocates for atheists, agnostics, and non-theists. However, the district’s superintendent said no laws are being broken.

The FFRF said they were contacted by two Rusk community members, filing complaints about the student-led prayers before district football games. The Rusk ISD superintendent, Grey Burton, recently posted to his personal Facebook page addressing the foundation’s request. The post read, “If we want America to be great again then we can’t let groups or individuals continue removing God and Jesus from the fabric of our society.” The post went on to say “We want protections and blessings for our students, staff and community.” (more…)


Two arrested in investigation into East Texas kennel

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

SHELBY COUNTY — Our news partners at KETK report that two people have been arrested for animal cruelty after officials discovered malnourished and mangy dogs at a a facility operated by the City of Center. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Lindley, 39 of Center, and Christal Gayle Lindley, 44 of Center, for cruelty to non-livestock animals and determined dogs under their care had been housed in unsuitable living conditions. The sheriff’s office provided pictures of Chungus, a dog under the care of the Lindleys, before and after being under their care. (more…)


Tyler animal sanctuary to reopen tours

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

TYLER – The Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler has announced their first public group educational tours since the COVID-19 pandemic and an animal cruelty lawsuit settlement. Our news partners at KETK report that tours will start back up on July 22 and they’ll then have tours every week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The group tours will cost $25 for 10 people’s admission and $16 for each additional person. To learn more and sign up for tours, click here.


Traffic advisory for highway safety project

Posted/updated on: July 21, 2024 at 7:22 am

TYLER – The city of Tyler has announced that starting the week of July 15, a contractor will have two crews working in the City of Tyler to replace traffic signal indicators and install retro reflective backplates. During this work, intersections will be in “red flash” mode and should be treated as all-way stops. Lane closures and work will begin at 8 a.m. each day and will be widespread throughout the City of Tyler, lasting multiple weeks. Motorists are asked to exercise extra caution when going through the intersections.The following intersections are anticipated to be worked on during the time of construction: (more…)




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