Wanted Person Considered Armed and Extremely Dangerous
TYLER — Tyler Police are searching for a dangerous suspect they believed is in the area. According to authorities, on Monday March 2, Troy Mason assaulted a member of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office while they were attempting to arrest him for a warrant. The charge is out of Palestine for continuous sexual assault of child under 14. Mason reportedly fled the location in a white 2010 Ford F250, with Texas License Plate – AP93691. Mason also has pending charges related to child pornography. Police say he’s is a known methamphetamine user. Law enforcement believe that Mason is currently somewhere in Tyler. If you locate the suspect or vehicle, please contact local law enforcement agency immediately.
Fatal Shooting in Longview
LONGVIEW – A shooting in South Longview has left one person dead. It happened around 7:30 last night in the 800 block of Aurel Avenue. The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was found lying in the street. He was rushed to Longview Regional Medical Center where he died. The investigation continues.
Guilty Plea in “Kari’s Law” Trial
MARSHALL — A guilty plea has been entered in the so-called “Kari’s law” trial. KETK reports Brad Allen Dunn pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the death of Kari Rene Dunn. The defendant was arrested in December 2013 for stabbing his wife to death in a hotel room while their nine-year-old daughter tried to call police. The call wouldn’t go through because the little girl didn’t know she had to dial 9 for an outside line before calling 911. The case has prompted efforts to eliminate the need to dial 9 in such situations, and those efforts have become known as “Kari’s law.” The trial moved into the sentencing phase after the guilty plea was entered.
Suspect in Fatal Longview Shooting Released from Jail
LONGVIEW — An East Texas man who was arrested in connection with a February shooting has been released from jail. According to KETK, Christian Sibley, 21, Tyler, was arrested Friday, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and escaping from custody. He was released Monday after posting bail. On February, 3, police responded to a reported shooting an Exxon gas station in the 3000 block of Estes Parkway. Police said Jerrad Hunt showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Hunt passed away Monday, February 23. Read more …
Flint Man Sentenced in Drug Conspiracy
TYLER — A Flint man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a drug conspiracy. Isaac Dion Smith, also known as “Ike”, 34, was sentenced yesterday to 144 months in prison by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider in Tyler. Smith had entered a guilty plea on October 14, 2014, on charges he conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine and heroin. According to information presented in court, Smith, along with his co-defendants, distributed drugs including methamphetamine and heroin in the north Tyler area. Firearms were also bartered and sold by the group. The group was supplied by sources primarily in the Dallas area. Read more …
Longview Man Sentenced in Cocaine/Marijuana Conspiracy
TYLER – – A Longview man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a drug conspiracy. Antonio Cortez Gonzales, 35, was sentenced to 136 months in federal prison Tuesday in Tyler by United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Gonzales had entered a guilty plea on October 2, 2014 on charges he conspired with others to distribute cocaine and marijuana. According to federal authorities, Gonzales, along with his co-defendants, distributed drugs including cocaine and marijuana in the Longview area. Drugs were shipped from an individual in Houston to Gonzales’s residence, where he then distributed the drugs to other people. Gonzales was indicted on August 28, 2013. As part of his sentence, Gonzales was also ordered to forfeit a money judgment in the amount of $336,000, a residence in Longview, a vehicle, three firearms, and ammunition.
Photographer Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of Children
TYLER – A McKinney, Texas photographer has been sentenced to federal prison for sexual exploitation of children. Todd Fleming, 54, pleaded guilty on October 2, 2014, to sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced yesterday to 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Fleming will be required to register as a sex offender and serve a life term of supervised release upon his release from federal prison. Read more …
Pre-Trial Proceedings in Tiede Case Moved to March 31
CARTHAGE — Pre-trial proceedings scheduled for Tuesday in the Bernie Tiede case have been pushed back to March 31. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report both sides agreed to delay a hearing until that date. Tiede’s life sentence was thrown out because of a mental condition that officials say was overlooked. The case, which inspired the movie “Bernie,” involved the 1997 murder of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in Carthage.
Police: Former DA Had Cocaine, Revolver in Car when Arrested
LONGVIEW — A former Gregg County District Attorney allegedly had cocaine, a revolver, alcohol, and cash in his car when he was arrested in February. KETK reports that the information is contained in documents obtained Monday by the Longview News-Journal. Longview police say they found Robert “Rob” Riter Foster, 69, after his vehicle became stuck in the median in the 3000 block of North Eastman Road. Police say Foster had a “full glass of an unknown liquid” which smelled of alcohol and a plastic bag with a rolled-up bill and a white, powdery substance inside. A field test determined the substance was cocaine, according to officials. Foster’s phone and wallet were also reportedly covered in the powder. Police reported also finding two open alcohol containers and a loaded .38-caliber revolver in the vehicle.
East Texas Homeowner Shoots at Alleged Robbers
CHEROKEE COUNTY — Cherokee County officials are investigating a reported home invasion. It happened around 3:25 Monday morning in the 6000 Block of FM 1247, just outside of Wells. According to KETK, a call to emergency services stated someone tried to break into the residence and the homeowner had fired shots at them. The homeowner reportedly chased the suspects through the pasture behind the home. The homeowner returned some time later. He had apparently been knocked unconscious for a short period of time by one of the criminals. It is believed the homeowner shot and wounded at least one of the two suspects. Read more …
Tyler ISD BOND 2013 Construction Update
TYLER – As spring nears, significant completion phases also near for Tyler ISD BOND 2013 construction projects. Projects include the new Career and Technology Center (CTC), two new middle school campuses at the existing Moore MST Magnet School and Boulter Middle School locations, the new Three Lakes Middle School and renovations and additions to Dixie and Rice elementary schools. All projects are on schedule to be completed before the 2015-2016 school year, according to a TISD news release. Read more …
ETMC Now Offers Express Care for Non-Emergency Needs
TYLER — ETMC First Physicians is now operating an express clinic offering walk-in urgent care at ETMC South Broadway, according to a news release. “Express clinic care means no appointments and no waiting behind patients with life-threatening emergencies,” said Dr. Steven Cooley, ETMC First Physician. “You can get fast service for minor injuries and illnesses such as broken bones, lacerations, urinary tract infections, rashes, fevers, coughs, colds, headache, sore throat, earache or flu-like symptoms.” Read more …
Report: Texas Hospital System Responds to Nurse’s Lawsuit
DALLAS (AP) – A local media report says a Texas hospital system has addressed several claims in a lawsuit filed by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease. The Dallas Morning News cited an email by the CEO of Texas Health Resources sent to employees Monday, responding to accusations in 26-year-old Nina Pham’s lawsuit. Pham’s lawsuit questions the veracity of a company official’s testimony in a congressional hearing about the training of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to manage Ebola. She also accuses the company of invading her privacy. The email says the testimony was factual and accurate. It adds the company had Pham’s consent to share information about her release, including a video of her in her hospital bed.
Report: Texas Remains Among 10 Worst States to be a Kid
AUSTIN (AP) — A report says high poverty and uninsured rates make Texas one of the 10 worst states in America to be a child. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count assessment released Wednesday ranked Texas 43rd. That’s little-changed from recent years, despite a booming economy and a ballooning, richly diverse population. Texas children are now 49 percent Hispanic, and a third of all its youngsters have at least one parent born outside the U.S. Statewide child poverty rates fell to 25% in 2013, the most recent available year. That’s 1.3 percentage points better than 2011. Texas remains second nationally for the highest rate of uninsured youngsters, with 13% in 2013. Meanwhile, a third of babies are born to women who receive late or no prenatal care.
States Ask Judge Not to Lift Stay in Immigration Lawsuit
HOUSTON (AP) — A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration is asking a federal judge not to lift a temporary hold on the directives. The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, said in court documents filed Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, that “there is no emergency need to institute” Obama’s immigration action. Hanen issued a preliminary injunction on Feb. 16 that halted Obama’s action, which could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. The states sought the injunction, arguing that Obama’s executive action was unconstitutional. The U.S. government has asked Hanen to lift his injunction while it appeals to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Pair Found Fatally Shot at Dallas-area Assisted Living Home
GARLAND (AP) – An elderly husband and wife have been found shot to death at a Dallas-area assisted living facility where she resided. Garland police say the deaths of 81-year-old Charlene Smith and 85-year-old Arthur Smith appear to be a murder-suicide. Police on Tuesday responded to Winters Park Assisted Living and Memory Care on a report of someone bleeding. Police and paramedics located the couple dead on the floor of her room. Officer Joe Harn says the wife lived in the memory care unit of the facility. Investigators say Arthur Smith apparently shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself. Authorities didn’t immediately release information about a possible motive for the killings.
Texas Businesses Unite Against ‘Discriminatory’ Legislation
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas business leaders are uniting to combat legislation they see as discriminatory in a multimillion-dollar campaign chaired by former George W. Bush media adviser Mark McKinnon. (pictured) The organization, Texas Wins, is being announced Wednesday. It will fight legislation that includes two proposed constitutional amendments the group says would allow Texans to claim that their religion allows them to ignore laws. Texas Wins members include Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and Landmark Theaters. He says he has “little tolerance for discrimination” in his businesses, and he asserts most Fortune 500 companies do as well. The proposed amendments by Republican Sens. Donna Campbell and Rep. Jason Villalba aim to protect Texans from the government burdening a person’s free exercise of religion. Critics say they’re a misuse of religion.
Autopsies Ordered on Dad, Daughter Fatally Shot in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) – Autopsies have been ordered on a 16-year-old girl and her father who were found shot to death in a vacant Houston townhome. Police say the deaths of Jennifer Guadalupe Flores and 37-year-old Jose Alfredo Flores could be a murder-suicide. The bodies were discovered Tuesday morning by some relatives who also live in the complex. Investigators say Flores and his daughter were reported missing on Monday. Houston police have not released a possible motive for the fatal shootings.
Conservatives Back Teacher Evaluations, School Grading Plans
AUSTIN (AP) — Top conservatives clamoring for “school choice” voucher plans in the Texas Legislature are offering other priorities that are less hot-button but still may spark bitter floor fights. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Senate Education Committee Chairman Larry Taylor presented a package of bills Tuesday. They include a plan to issue A-F grades for individual public schools, plus expanded online learning. Some proposals link teacher evaluations to pay raises and allow parents to petition to close failing public schools after just two years, instead of the current five. Other Republicans and even teachers groups have cheered some of those ideas. But others, especially teacher evaluations and issuing schools ‘Fs’ should prove contentious. Patrick says highly anticipated school vouchers and pre-kindergarten plans would be unveiled soon, and remain top priorities.
Dallas School Safely Evacuated over Carbon Monoxide Levels
DALLAS (AP) — A dead owl is being blamed for a buildup of high levels of carbon monoxide at a Dallas elementary school that prompted its evacuation. Dallas school district spokesman Andre Riley said the carcass was found in the ventilation system at Lakewood Elementary School. Riley said the air in the school returned to safe levels after the owl was removed, but new readings will be taken Wednesday morning just to be sure conditions are safe. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says a leak Tuesday morning was traced to a furnace in the school basement of Lakewood Elementary School. Lakewood Elementary School, according to its website, has more than 850 students.
Explosion Destroys Dallas Home
DALLAS (AP) — Officials are blaming a gas line leak for an explosion that leveled half of a house in southeast Dallas. A 77-year-old female resident and her 39-year-old grandson were able to crawl from the rubble with only minor injuries from the blast shortly before 8:00 Monday evening. A Dallas Fire-Rescue statement Tuesday says one of the two occupants switched on a light in a bathroom, triggering an explosion that leveled the eastern half of the house. The woman’s daughter told investigators she had smelled the odorant used in natural gas the week before while work was being done on a street adjoining the house. After the blast, Atmos Energy crews found a leak in a gas line in the yard on the eastern side of the house.
San Antonio Man Gets Life Term for Death of Baby Daughter
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A San Antonio man who told police he punched his 2-month-old daughter because she would not stop crying must serve life in prison for her 2010 death. Dominique Reed was sentenced in San Antonio. The 25-year-old father in November pleaded no contest to murder. Prosecutors charged Reed with capital murder in the fatal beating of his daughter, Zaniyah, as he watched her. An autopsy indicated the girl had more than a dozen rib fractures. She died on the way to a hospital after Reed returned the unresponsive baby to her mother. Reed pleaded no contest to the lesser charge as his trial was to begin. He’ll be eligible for parole in 30 years. A capital murder conviction carries a penalty of execution or life in prison without parole.
Deputy Constable Charged with Online Solicitation
WACO (AP) – A Central Texas law enforcement officer has been charged with online solicitation after allegedly trying to meet a girl for sex. McLennan County authorities say Deputy Constable Steve Canava, 51, remained on unpaid administrative leave. Authorities say Canava was arrested Friday after driving to a Waco parking lot, allegedly to meet a person he thought was a 17-year-old girl. The former Waco police officer was released on $25,000 bond. An affidavit says Canava tried to solicit a minor to have sex with him, allegedly offering her $100. An investigator identified Canava using law enforcement databases. Further details on the investigation and the alleged victim weren’t immediately released. Canava declined comment.
San Antonio Fire Crew Unaware Fire Was at High-Rise
CASTLE HILLS (AP/Staff) – An analysis by the San Antonio Fire Department says the arrival of specialized resources to a five-fatality fire at senior living apartments was delayed because responders were unaware it was a high-rise. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the department praised Castle Hills for requesting help from other agencies last December 28, but says Castle Hills did not relay information about the building being an 11-story structure. The San Antonio Fire Department has “pre-plans” for buildings like high-rises that include blueprints and where the water sources are, but because the fire occurred in Castle Hills, the department did not have a pre-plan for the Wedgewood. The analysis does not indicate if Castle Hills has a pre-plan for the Wedgewood that was not shared with other agencies, or if they do not have one at all.
You Tell Me Texas by Paul Gleiser
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A few years ago, very few of us had ever heard of celiac disease or gluten-free diets. Now it seems like the subjects come up everywhere we go. So what’s going on? Is celiac disease a fad or is it a serious disorder on the rise? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. Patti Olusola answers questions about celiac disease.
Today in History
1570 - King Philip II bans foreign Dutch students
1947 - WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1976 - John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
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1982 - NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504
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