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Accused Wife-Killer Waives Arraignment

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm   Print This Print This

adrianmatamugTYLER — According to Smith County judicial records, a Smith County man accused of murdering his wife waived his arraignment Thursday morning. KETK reports Adrian Mata, 29, was indicted May 22 on a charge of first degree felony murder. At his March 11 court date, Ronnie Van Baugh was appointed as his public defender. The suspect is accused of fatally shooting Jennifer Mata, 30, in the head February 25, at their home on County Road 333. When authorities responded to the scene of the shooting, Adrian Mata had reportedly fled in his car. He was later arrested at a home in The Villages subdivision. Mata is currently being held in the Smith County Jail on $1,000,000 bond. According to judicial records, he is expected to enter a plea on November 4, with a jury trial tentatively scheduled to begin December 8.

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Suspect Named in Smith County Shooting

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm   Print This Print This

JustinToweyMUG.1414700236WHITEHOUSE – Authorities say the suspect in a Wednesday evening Smith County shooting is Justin Towery, 30, of Whitehouse. At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Smith County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies, and other assisting law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call regarding a man being shot in the head. Officers were able to approach the residence and carry the victim to a waiting ambulance. The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time. Read more …

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Man Gets Life for Child Sex Assault

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm   Print This Print This

RichardWisdomMug.1414689113HENDERSON — A Rusk County man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the aggravated sexual assault of a child. KETK reports Richard Wisdom, 43, was found guilty after 20 minutes of deliberation by a jury. He was then given the life sentence by the 4th District Court judge. Wisdom will be eligible for parole after 37 years behind bars, according to District Attorney Micheal E. Jimerson. Assistant District Attorney Kate Hegar and District Attorney Michael E. Jimerson prosecuted the case.

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Ex-Husband of Missing Kilgore Woman Arrested for Assault

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm   Print This Print This

davisoncraigharrisoncoMARSHALL — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested the ex-husband of a missing Kilgore woman for assault. KETK reports the alleged crime is unrelated to the missing person case. Authorities had been looking for Craig Deallen Davison, 49, for an arrest warrant issued in mid-October. The warrant was for an assault, family violence charge, with previous conviction. This new charge is a 3rd degree felony. The assault is believed to have taken place on or about the day he was released from jail, September 25. Read more …

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Smith County Chase Suspect Arrested

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm   Print This Print This

jesusperezmugLINDALE — A man wanted in connection with a high-speed chase in Smith County on October 17, has been arrested. KETK reports, acting on a tip from Crime Stoppers Wednesday night, Lindale police arrested Jesus Pedro Perez, 22. Police say Perez was previously last seen near Garden Valley Road in Tyler and was the driver in a chase that began on Highway 69 in Lindale. Police say they were conducting a traffic stop when Perez pulled out a weapon. He then reportedly sped off with law officers following close by. During the high speed pursuit Perez reportedly shot at police. The chase continued onto Garden Valley Road, where officials say Perez wrecked his vehicle. He and the two passengers in the car got out and began running. Police were able to stop and arrest Jesus Flores Jr., 27, and Thomas Ocampo, 25 that evening.

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Suddenlink Named UT Tyler Patriot of the Year

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_suddenlink-squarelogoTYLER — In honor of what’s termed their outstanding generosity and support, Suddenlink has been named The University of Texas at Tyler 2014 Patriot of the Year, UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry announced. According to a university news release, the UT Tyler Patriot of the Year Award recognizes the enduring contributions of an individual, couple or organization to the advancement of the university and the community. Read more …

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West Getting New Schools after Plant Explosion

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 4:27 pm   Print This Print This

WEST (AP) – A Central Texas town devastated by last year’s fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people will be getting two new schools. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday in West for construction of a new campus to replace middle and high schools leveled in the April 2013 accident. The West Independent School District announced the groundbreaking for the $50 million project as part of continuing recovery efforts. Insurance money and government funds are helping pay for the schools. Interim Superintendent Jan Hungate on Thursday called it a “new beginning.” The schools are expected to be completed in 2016. More than 260 people were injured in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co.

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No Charges for 3 Texas Officers in Fatal Shooting

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm   Print This Print This

COLLEYVILLE (AP) – Three North Texas police officers will not face charges in the 2013 fatal shooting of an armed man during a standoff. A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict the North Richland Hills tactical officers in the death of 49-year-old John Lincoln. Prosecutors on Thursday said officers last Dec. 26 responded to a 911 call that Lincoln had a gun and relatives believed he wanted to kill his mother. Lincoln was shot when he burst from a Colleyville home and pointed a handgun at officers. Police who dealt with Lincoln in earlier domestic incidents were told by relatives that he had mental health issues. Toxicology results indicated Lincoln had alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine in his system when he was fatally shot. His mother was not at the residence.

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Two Women Charged in $800K South Texas Bank Scam

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm   Print This Print This

LAREDO (AP) – Prosecutors say two women have been accused of cashing about $800,000 in bogus construction company checks at a South Texas bank and keeping the money. Petra Del Bosque and Anita Arredondo, both of Zapata, were arrested Thursday on a 10-count indictment alleging bank fraud. Both women face initial federal court appearances Friday in Laredo. Del Bosque formerly was employed at Zapata National Bank. Arredondo worked for a Zapata-based construction company as an accounts payable clerk. Arredondo, over a two-year period, allegedly issued and endorsed more than 300 company checks made payable to contractors for work that was never done. Del Bosque allegedly led tellers to believe she was cashing the checks on behalf of contractors and would deliver the money. Information wasn’t immediately available on attorneys for the pair.

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Two Texans Accused of Selling Membership in Tribe

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm   Print This Print This

BROWNSVILLE (AP) – Federal prosecutors are accusing two South Texas residents of selling membership in an American-Indian tribe as a way for people in the country illegally to avoid deportation. Prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that 60-year-old Humberto Reveles and 31-year-old Maria Isabel Lerma, both of Brownsville, have been indicted on charges that include conspiring to commit mail fraud. Authorities contend the pair sold membership in the Yamassee tribe, which is not federally recognized. The two allegedly provided tribal documents and claimed that those who became members could work in the U.S. legally. Federal court records did not indicate how much they charged for membership. Lerma is in custody and Reveles is expected to surrender in the coming days. Mail fraud carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

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Average Retail Gas Prices Drop to $2.81 in Texas

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm   Print This Print This

thumb_gasnozzleIRVING (AP) – Retail gasoline prices across Texas continue to fall, with the latest unleaded price at the pump settling at $2.81. AAA Texas on Thursday reported that this week’s average price represents a drop of 8 cents from the prior week. The national average, meanwhile, fell from $3.08 to $3.01. AAA says of the metro areas in Texas, drivers in Fort Worth are paying the least at $2.70 per gallon while motorists in Corpus Christi are paying the most, $2.86 a gallon. AAA says global oil supplies, including significantly higher oil production in the U.S., are outpacing a growth in demand. Oil production so far has not been slowed by geopolitical tensions in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

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Trusty Who Fled Captured in Plainview

Posted/updated on: October 30, 2014 at 3:59 pm   Print This Print This

Charlie Davis JrPLAINVIEW (AP) – A trusty who fled a work detail at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice regional office in Plainview has been captured about 2 miles away. TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark says Charlie Davis Jr. was arrested Thursday morning after knocking on the back door of a residence. The homeowner called 911. Plainview police arrested Davis, who’s from the area. Clark had no information about whether the resident knows Davis, who turned up missing Monday during janitor duty. Davis in June began a two-year term at the Wheeler State Jail in Plainview for a theft conviction in Swisher County. He was eligible for trusty status because the offense was non-violent and he had a short prison term. Davis faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of felony escape.

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