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Troopers Investigate Fatal Rollover Accident

SMITH COUNTY -- One person was killed, another injured following a one vehicle rollover near Tyler. According to KETK, the wreck happened just after midnight Saturday on State Highway 31, about 10 miles west of Tyler. DPS Troopers said the driver, Ponciano Aguilar, 32, lost control and ran off the road. His truck then flipped multiple times ejecting him and his passenger, Israel Alvarez, 20. Aguilar died at the scene. Alvarez was taken to the hospital, his condition unknown. ...

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Woman Indicted for November Arson

LONGVIEW -- A Gregg County grand jury indicted a woman on Friday for an arson that occurred in 2015. According to the Longview News-Journal, the jury indicted Jacoda Young, 24, of Longview, for a residential fire just before 10 a.m. on Nov. 3 at 1110 Chappell Street in Longview. The fire displaced the family and caused heavy fire damage to the residence. No injuries were reported. Young is currently held in Gregg County Jail.

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Grand Jury No Bills Three Longview Officers

Grand Jury No Bills Three Longview Officers

LONGVIEW – Three Longview police officers involved in a shooting last August have been no billed by the Gregg County grand jury. The shooting occurred at a convenience store on South Mobberly Avenue. Injured was Joshua Thomas, 17. He was shot after officers say he pulled from his waistband what appeared to be a handgun. It turned out to be a CO2 pistol, a fake gun that resembles a semi-automatic weapon. No charges were filed against Thomas, whose injuries were ...

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Kari's Law Bill Filed in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – The state’s two U.S. senators are among a group of senators sponsoring a federal Kari’s Law bill. The bill, which amends the Communications Act of 1934, and is co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, would make dialing 911 easier from multi-line phones. It’s named after Kari Hunt, who was murdered in 2013 by her husband in a Marshall hotel room. The woman’s 9 year old daughter tried to call 911 but didn't realize she had to ...

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Man Arrested Following Lufkin Chase

LUFKIN – A Lufkin man is free on bond after leading police on an unusual chase. The ten minute chase late Thursday afternoon started with two men fleeing from officers on a go cart. They had earlier been reported running stop signs on Weaver Street. When officers pulled up behind the two in a driveway, the men ran and tried to hide behind a tree. When officers spotted them, they ran again. Officers were able to catch Lester Charles Jones, ...

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Wills Point Religious Group Faces Class-Action Suit

WILLS POINT -- A huge class-action lawsuit has been filed against a worldwide religious organization based in Wills Point, claiming the group is fleecing the flock. The lawsuit says only a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by Gospel for Asia makes it to the needy. Instead, the suit claims the group is lavishing itself with a 350-acre, multi-million-dollar compound in Van Zandt County. The website pleads for donors to select a project for their ...

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Rusk County Runaway Found in Plano

PLANO -- A missing East Texas teenager has been located by a Dallas-area police department. According to KETK, the Rusk County Sheriff's Office said, Paiglynn Raymond was found Thursday night by the Plano Police Department and will remain in their custody until a legal guardian can pick her up. Sgt. David Roberts reported Paiglynn went missing for the second time in a year on Monday, February 8, and had not been heard from since. Officials considered her a runaway. The ...

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