TYLER — Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, leaves East Texas Medical Center in Tyler to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care. According to information from ETMC, Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment. (more…)
LINDALE — A search for a man accused of stealing items from the Wal-Mart in Lindale has turned up no trace of the man. The suspect fled the store in a stolen vehicle, which he wrecked on County Road 4200 near County Road 431. He then fled into nearby woods. KETK reports after using infrared imaging technology to thoroughly search the area, the search for the man was called off around 8:30 last night.
TYLER — Tyler police report an officer directing traffic at an accident site on South Broadway was hit by a car last night. The accident occured in the 5700 block of South Broadway in front of Ryan’s Steakhouse. KETK reports when hit by the car, the officer was tossed upon the hood of the vehicle. The officer was not seriously injured.
LONGVIEW Authorities Thursday released more details after an East Texas man was arrested and a veteran Longview police officer placed on administrave leave. KETK reports it happened after illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in an apartment unit rented out to the officer. Donald Glynn Spencer, 27, who is not a police officer, was arrested on scene after Longview police and the County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at at the officer’s rental home Tuesday and recovered less than two ounces of marijuana and “different items of drug related paraphernalia.” (more…)
HENDERSON A Rusk County man who pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency with a child, a second degree felony, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in the Texas Department of Corrections. The maximum sentence for a second degree felony is 20 years in TDC. KETK reports that in 2007, Lyndon Hughes was placed on probation for a small amount of a controlled substance. As part of his probation, Hughes attended drug court. Thereafter, allegations were made that Hughes had committed sexual indecency with a child many years previously. (more…)
GILMER A fire that burned through a Gilmer storage building on Thursday had been extinguished by mid-afternoon. Gilmer Fire Department officials tell KETK that the fire happened just after 11:00 a.m. at T&S Storage on the 200 block of South Wood Street. Authorities say there were at least three fire crews on scene and the Longview Fire Department was brought in to assist with a ladder truck. Gilmer fire officials report that the roadway was blocked while crews battled the blaze but was later reopened. No injuries were reported.
NACOGDOCHES — Four people got busted for reportedly buying fuel with stolen credit card numbers. According to KETK, Nacogdoches police say it happened Tuesday night at a convenience store in the 400 block of West Main. An officer recognized two vehicles believed to be part of an identity theft investigation. The suspects were pulled over and arrested. All are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.
TYLER — An internationally known scientist who has received about $9 million in competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2000 has joined UT Health Northeast. Mitsuo Ikebe, Ph.D., will chair the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology. In partnership with other UT Health biomedical researchers, he will help identify new ways to improve patient outcomes in diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, lung infections, and cancer. (more…)
TYLER Students at Hogg Middle School will soon become boxcar engineers as they work together to build entries for the schools Duct Tape Derby, Lap 2 project, thanks to a $4,000 grant awarded to the school by the Tyler ISD Foundation. The Foundation recently awarded almost $20,000 in grants to ten programs within the District. (more…)
TEXARKANA (AP) A judge in Texarkana has unsealed a federal indictment naming eight people accused of operating as part of a methamphetamine ring that distributed the drug in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. The U.S. Attorney’s office and Bowie County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that the two-year investigation dubbed “Operation M-Pact” had resulted in about 50 arrests, as well as the seizure of drugs, cash and weapons. The federal indictment unsealed Wednesday indicates the conspiracy dates to at least 2007. The investigation involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as numerous state and local agencies.
AUSTIN (AP) The state’s chief accountant says a strong Texas economy has created an extra $2.5 billion in unspent revenue. Republican Comptroller Susan Combs today delivered lawmakers a report certifying the 2014 to 2015 state budget passed this spring.
AUSTIN (AP) He’s known for coloring outside the lines in the staid Senate. Now children of all ages can color in U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Just in time for the holidays, a St. Louis publisher is offering a coloring book featuring the Texas tea party darling. Really Big Coloring Books Incorporated said today that the book’s in its third printing in six days.
AUSTIN (AP) The chancellor of the University of Texas system says Austin campus president Bill Powers (pictured) should keep his job, despite acknowledging a “strained” relationship between the two powerful education leaders. The UT System Board of Regents took no action yesterday on Powers’ employment status. The fate of Texas football coach Mack Brown’s job remained unclear this afternoon.
DENTON, Texas (AP) The University of North Texas board has officially named the president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as its next leader. UNT regents voted unanimously today to hire Doctor Neal Smatresk, 62, as the university’s next president. He will replace V. Lane Rawlins, who is retiring at the end of 2013.
COLLEGE STATION (AP) Texas A and M University in the fall will begin offering a major in journalism, resurrecting the program a decade after it was eliminated. University officials announced in a news release Thursday that the Faculty Senate this week approved a liberal arts degree in journalism. It will be a component of the University Studies Program, which is a degree plan designed to combine several areas of study. The program will start small, admitting 25 freshmen in each of the first few years.
FORT WORTH (AP) The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize the diagnosis of “affluenza” that a psychologist say a wealthy North Texas teenager suffered from when he drove drunk and killed four people. The association says there is no such diagnosis in its most recent manual published in May. The 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for the June crash in Burleson.
BAYTOWN (AP) Funeral services were held yesterday for a Texas college student who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop. Robert Redus’ family says it doesn’t believe the account of an officer who says Redus attacked him before being shot five times last Friday. Redus was on the dean’s list at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
SAN ANGELO (AP) Pope Francis has named an Austin priest to serve as the next bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Angelo. The Rev. Michael Sis has served as the vicar general of the Austin Catholic diocese since 2010. Bishop Michael Pfeifer introduced Sis as his successor in San Angelo on Thursday, and Sis is scheduled for installation on January 27. Pfeifer submitted his resignation on his 75th birthday, consistent with Catholic custom in recent years. Sis is a 53-year-old Mount Holly, N.J., native who was ordained as a priest in Austin in 1986 and has served numerous parishes in Austin and College Station since.
IRVING (AP) The AAA auto club says the price of a gallon of gasoline in Texas has fallen again. The state average is now $3.09, down two cents since last week and a nickel from two weeks ago. Amarillo drivers are paying the least — $2.89.