East Texas Fugitive Wanted for Child Porn Arrested
TYLER — An East Texas man who was wanted for child pornography has been arrested in San Antonio. According to the Lindale Police Department, Gaylord Stevens was arrested by the United States Marshal Service Wednesday. KETK reports that Stevens has three felony arrest warrants for Possession of Child Pornography. The suspect was also arrested January 2, 2014, for cruelty to livestock. He was released a week later on $2,000 bond. On January 13, the horses at the center of the crime, were seized in a hearing. Officers have been taking care of their needs and the horses have been under veterinarian care since the city took custody.
Lanes Reopen on Stretch of I-20 near Estes Parkway
LONGVIEW — Wednesday was a trying day for law enforcement and highway crews who found themselves working two wrecks along part of I-20 in Gregg County. But westbound lanes west of Estes Parkway reopened Wednesday evening. The overturned cattle truck from the first crash that occurred between 6 and 6:30 am shut down the inside westbound lanes for some 12 hours. The second crash involving eight vehicles occurred in late afternoon just a couple of miles from the first scene, requiring I-20 traffic to be diverted. Read more …
Sheriff’s Office Helps Find Missing Woman
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A missing woman has been found, with the help of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office. Officials say patrol deputies responded around 7:20 Wednesday evening to a report of a missing person in the Jackson Heights community, in the eastern part of the county. Upon arrival, the deputies learned that around noon, a 53-year-old female had entered an extremely dense area of the woods in an attempt to locate one of the fishing ponds. She was reported to have in her possession a fishing pole and a tackle box. The responding deputies requested additional assistance in searching for the missing lady. With the help of the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, they entered the wooded area and began searching. Read more …
Tyler Man Guilty of Injury to a Child
TYLER – A jury has found Timothy Choice of Tyler guilty of intentionally scalding a two year old child who is the son of his girlfriend. The sentencing phase of the trial started Thursday morning. The boy was transferred to Parkland Hospital in Dallas following the incident in July of last year. He suffered severe second degree burns after Choice is said to have put the boy in the hot water because he had wet himself and had not used the toilet.
Reports of Shots Fired in Tyler
TYLER – Reports of shots fired kept Tyler police busy late Wednesday afternoon. Just before 6:00pm, there were numerous 911 calls about shots being fired in the area of Center and Locust. At the same time, one person ran into the Smith County Sheriff’s Office building and reported seeing two subjects firing weapons. Calls continued to come in with some stating that there were two subjects with rifles. Tyler Police officers responded to the area and swept multiple blocks without finding any indication that there was or had been an active shooter incident. One witness said he saw two black males firing guns at a house near the intersection of Center and Thomas. At the house officers found several firearms but found no reason to make an arrest. According to Sergeant Adam Colby, evidence was gathered from the scene and the case will be forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Division for follow up.
Big Hike in Smith County Inspection Fees
TYLER — A substantial hike is coming November 1 for inspection fees from the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office. According to KETK, the fees have remained the same since the mid 80s. But over time, the cost of conducting these inspections continues to increase. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, Jim Seaton, Smith County’s late fire marshal, initiated the increase. The office surveyed various cities, taking into consideration the actual time it takes to conduct these inspections as well as how much it costs in fuel to get to a given location. Based on the information from these surveys, county commissioners approved the request. Read more …
Friday: Last Day to Request Mail Ballot
TYLER — Friday, October 24, is the last day to request a ballot by mail for the November 4 election. To request a ballot by mail, voters can fill out an application at http://www.smith-county.com on the elections Web page, then return it to email@example.com via email. Applications may also be faxed to 903-590-4778. Read more …
SCSO Hosts Organized Crime Training Class for the Public
TYLER — The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a training class on organized crime October 24 and 25 for all members of law enforcement and Smith County area communities. According to a news release, organized crime including drug cartels is a major problem that, until fairly recently, was little known. SCSO officials say their goal is to educate law enforcement and the public to recognize some of the signs of organized crime. On Friday, the 24th, SCSO will be offering an eight-hour class on organized crime presented primarily by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration for those in the law enforcement community. Saturday, officials will open this presentation to both law enforcement and the community at large. Read more …
Texas Official: Most Hospitals Can’t Handle Ebola
AUSTIN (AP) – The top health official in Texas says most hospitals can’t handle Ebola patients and infected people should instead be treated at specialized care centers. State Health Commissioner David Lakey’s comments represent a dramatic break with past federal assertions that nearly any American hospital can cope with the virus. Lakey said Thursday “that strategy needs to change.” He spoke in Austin during the first public hearing of a 17-member task force working to stop the spread of Ebola. A Liberian man visiting Dallas died Oct. 8 from Ebola. Two nurses treating him contracted Ebola and remain hospitalized. The panel has already designated two Texas hospitals as specialized Ebola treatment centers. Task force members called for contingency plans in “the unlikely event that a widespread outbreak of Ebola occurs in Texas.”
Dallas Hospital Feels Effects of Ebola Case
DALLAS (AP) – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas says revenue and patient rolls have plummeted since it was hit by Ebola. It says in financial statements that revenue fell 25 percent in the first 20 days of October. ER visits are down more than 50 percen
Border Deaths Drop to 15-Year Low
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – The number of immigrants who die trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years. That is because more Central Americans are turning themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer are taking their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths in the 2014 fiscal year that ended in September – the lowest number since 1999. In 2013, the number of deaths was 445. The numbers, obtained by The Associated Press, mark the first time since 2001 that Arizona has not been the deadliest place to cross the border. The Tucson sector recorded 107 deaths, compared to 115 deaths along Texas’ Rio Grande Valley sector.
Mom Allegedly Tried to Kill Hospitalized Son
HOUSTON (AP/Staff) – A Galena Park woman charged with trying to kill her hospitalized 5-month-old son has come under scrutiny in the 2013 death of her toddler daughter in Mississippi. Harris County jail records show 19-year-old Cynthia Wood was being held Thursday on a charge of attempted capital murder. Her bond is $250,000. Court records show Wood has denied harming the boy. Prosecutors say security video from Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital shows Wood on Oct. 12 putting her hand over the boy’s mouth. A nurse spotted Wood. The boy, who was hospitalized for breathing trouble, was resuscitated. He’s in the custody of Child Protective Services. The video prompted Houston police to review the death of Wood’s year-old daughter, Madilynn, in Jackson, Mississippi, of apparent natural causes.
El Nino Still a No-Show in Texas, but in Forecast
LUBBOCK (AP) – El Nino is proving to be finicky. The rain-producing weather pattern was expected to arrive in Texas by now. But the outlook for rain across much of the state through the end of October and into early November doesn’t look promising. National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy says much of the state will be “bone dry” the next couple of weeks. State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says forecasters have been waiting for El Nino to develop for about six months, but it hasn’t arrived yet. Forecasts are calling for winter weather in Texas to be mostly cloudy, rainy, and cool. Through September the state has gotten 19.45 inches of rain, about 15 percent below the normal average of 22.68 inches.
Average Retail Gas Prices Drop to $2.89 in Texas
IRVING (AP) – Retail gasoline prices across Texas continue to fall below the mark of $3 per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average unleaded price at the pump this week is $2.89, a drop of 10 cents from a week ago. The national average now is $3.08. AAA says of the metropolitan areas in Texas, drivers in Dallas-Fort Worth are paying the least at $2.80 while motorists in Corpus Christi pay the most at $2.92. The drop in gas prices has sent the national average to a low not seen since early 2011 and increased the chances the national price could fall below the $3 mark for the first time since 2010. AAA officials say low demand combined with abundant supply has kept downward pressure on global oil prices.