Tyler Police Probe Early Sunday Homicide
TYLER — Tyler police seek help solving an overnight homicide. Around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to 1714 N. Palace Ave., the Wild Bunch Club, in reference to a suspicious noise gunshots call. A couple of minutes later, staff at Mother Frances Hospital called advising that they had a black male gunshot victim. Officers responded to the hospital and contacted witnesses who had driven the victim by personal vehicle to the emergency room. The victim was rushed to surgery but did not survive his injuries. Police say It was confirmed that the victim was shot near the club where the original call came from and a crime scene was located in the area of the night club. The victim has been identified as Brandon Deroyce Gray, 30, of Tyler. Read more …
One Dead in Friday Night Crash
SMITH COUNTY A Palestine man was killed late Friday night in a head-on collision in southwestern Smith County. KETK reports the collision happened around 11:30 p.m. near FM 2661. State troopers say the victim was Billy Joe Armstrong, 30. Troopers were still investigating the incident at last report, and no other details were immediately available.
Three, Including Toddler, Critically Injured in Wreck
SMITH COUNTY Smith County emergency crews responded Saturday morning to an accident with critical injuries, and a toddler was one of the victims. KETK reports the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. on Toll 49, one mile north of Highway 64. State troopers say a small Lexus crossed the center lane for unknown reasons and sideswiped a van before colliding head-on with a Mustang. Troopers say three people, including a 2-year-old, were taken to the hospital. They were last reported in critical condition. No other details were immediately available.
Longview Reacts to Possibility Glass Dragon Could Reopen
LONGVIEW The Glass Dragon reopening its doors may just happen. KETK reports it was the case that sent shock waves across Gregg and Upshur counties earlier this month. That’s when three people were arrested after a federal, state, and local investigation into the Glass Dragon’s alleged distribution of synthetic marijuana. According to the Longview News-Journal, Jeremy Tidwell has filed a motion in federal court to let him reopen one of his smoke shops to sell electronic cigarettes and other legal items. Some businesses surrounding the Glass Dragon are not happy about the news, though Tidwell’s effort has at least one supporter. Read more …
Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting
LONGVIEW Longview Police Officer Johnny Lyons has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Gregg County grand jury in the August 7 shooting of Regan Wagner. Police say Lyons shot and killed Wagner near Akin Park during a daytime traffic stop after Wagner displayed a firearm and refused repeated requests to put it down. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report Wagner, 23, of Longview, had been pulled over for an expired inspection sticker. Longview police initially said Wagner was killed during an exchange of gunfire but later said Wagner did not fire any shots. Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Wagner showed a gun but could not confirm whether it was loaded. Read more …
Texas Inaugural Committee Announces New Appointments
AUSTIN Following last weeks announcement of its executive leadership team, the 2015 Texas Inaugural Committee Friday announced the remainder of its committee appointments. Three of those chosen are from East Texas. The people on the list were selected by Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick to oversee January’s celebration honoring the state’s newly-elected leaders. The governor’s appointments include Andrea and Brandon Steele of Tyler, and JoAnn Fleming of Flint is listed among the lieutenant governor’s appointments. Read more …
Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier Dies at 89
HOUSTON (AP) – Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, who served six years as mayor in the 1990s and pushed for legislation that allowed the construction of a new sports stadium, has died. He was 89. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office said Lanier died at home Saturday at 4:10 p.m. of natural causes. Lanier had won a tough race in his initial mayoral election in 1991, before coasting to his next two terms. He was barred by term limits from seeking a fourth term in 1997. He later headed the Lanier Public Policy Conference at the University of Houston. Lanier had undergone triple-bypass surgery in 1998, three months after suffering a mild heart attack. In 2001, he was treated for an irregular heartbeat.
Five Hurt when Several Motorcycles Wreck in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) – At least five people have been hurt as several motorcycles traveling together wrecked on Interstate 10 in Houston. KPRC-TV reports authorities believe a tire fell off another vehicle late Saturday morning and struck one of the motorcycles. Toll Road Authority officials say the first cycle crashed into the other motorcycles, sending more riders down. Authorities say five people were transported to hospitals. Details weren’t immediately available on their injuries.
Vietnam Veteran’s Family Receives His Medals
IRVING (AP) – The family of a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran has been given his medals, which went missing following his 1980 funeral. The nonprofit Purple Hearts Reunited held a ceremony Saturday afternoon in Irving to return the medals to the widow and children of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Carter Stephens, a Green Beret who served two tours in Vietnam. His decorations include the Silver Star for gallantry, the Bronze Star for valor, and the Purple Heart. Stephens died at the age of 34 in a car accident at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. After his medals were displayed at his funeral, the casualty assistance officer helping the family ended up with them, but didn’t realize he had the medals in a shoebox until about a decade ago.
Texas Experts Say Use Care with Holiday Fireworks
AUSTIN (AP) – Some Texans have made fireworks part of their holiday traditions and experts say use care where and when setting off authorized displays. The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office reports the winter retail fireworks season began Saturday and runs through midnight New Year’s Day. The Texas A&M Forest Service says people celebrating should check for and obey burn bans and fireworks restrictions. The agency reports 53 of the state’s 254 counties, as of Saturday, had outdoor burn bans. A New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Dallas will include a fireworks display as part of Big D NYE. The Dec. 31 Celebrate San Antonio event will also include fireworks. Austin’s New Year’s Eve celebration at Butler Park features art projects, outdoor film screenings and music, capped by a fireworks show.
Prep Underway for Dallas Anti-Trash Bag Ordinance
DALLAS (AP) – Businesses and consumers in Dallas are preparing to comply with an environmentally friendly bag ordinance that takes effect Jan. 1. The measure basically requires retail customers to pay a five-cent fee per plastic or paper bag used. The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that the law approved in March requires retailers to charge for most single-use carryout bags. Exemptions include dry cleaning bags and most restaurant takeout bags. Supporters say the measure will help limit the public mess associated with tossed plastic bags. Critics say the rules are confusing and costly. Dallas is requiring retailers to print their business names and the bag’s thickness on single-use bags. City Councilman Dwaine Caraway says the ordinance will protect the Dallas environment and economy.
New Sheriff Named for Martin County in West Texas
STANTON (AP) – Leaders of a West Texas county have selected an ex-deputy to take over for sheriff who abruptly resigned. Martin County commissioners selected Brad Ingram to finish John Woodward II’s term. Ingram will be sworn in Monday in Stanton. Woodward cited personal and family reasons when he resigned Dec. 3. Woodward had been sheriff since 2009 and quit two years before his current term expires. Ingram, who worked for the sheriff’s department before his employment in the oil industry, was chosen Thursday. Martin County has a population of about 5,300.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
Sad is a word we use to describe someone who is feeling blue. When spelled in all caps, SAD is also an acronym for a clinical condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. People who suffer from this condition find that their mood and outlook turns negative as the days grow shorter and colder in the winter. In the latest post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast clinical psychologist Dr. Kathryn Wortz discusses diagnosing and treating SAD. Go to: http://www.uthealth.org/healthconnection/
Today in History
Today in History for 21st December 2014- Historical Events 1894 - Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada 1909 - 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California) 1941 - David Diamond's 1st Symphony premieres 1961 - Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion 1988 - Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine 1997 - Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to ru... Read more on HistoryOrb.com
Health Recipe of the Day!
Healthy Desserts: Shudderuppers
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