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Woman Assaulted by Man Impersonating an Officer

TYLER -- Tyler Police are searching for a man accused of impersonating an officer. A woman told officers that just after 12:30 Tuesday morning, she was pulled over by a dark colored SUV, with red and blue dash mounted lights at the intersection of s Broadway and FM 2813. The victim said a white male, in his 30's, with scruffy facial hair, approached her vehicle and demanded money from her purse. After showing him she had none, he grabbed her ...

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U-T Tyler Innovation Academy

Renovations Announced For a Palestine Charter School

PALESTINE - The University of Texas at Tyler will invest around $600,000 to make safety renovations to the Innovation Academy STEM charter school facility in Palestine. School officials made the announcement Monday night at a town hall meeting in Palestine to parents of students attending the school. There had been some concern the school may have to close. The Innovation Academy closed its primary Palestine building last summer after the state fire marshal flagged safety concerns. A short-term facility solution ...

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Katz Kicks Off State House Campaign

TYLER – Independent candidate Neal Katz kicked off his campaign Monday for Texas House of Representatives District 6. He will be on the ballot in November against incumbent Matt Schaefer, the winner of the March 6 Republican primary. No Democrat is on the ballot for that race in November. Katz says he's running because he believes Smith County needs stronger and more effective representation in the Texas House. He says his focuses include the future of neighborhood schools, ...

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Photographer's Name Sought

GILMER - Gilmer police are seeking the name of a man taking pictures of children at a playground in the city. The photographer is a white male, who appears to be in his 40s, and had a baby at the playground of the Yamboree Grounds. He was said to have been driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup. He was taking pictures of girls going down a slide. A witness said it appeared the man was attempting to take photos up ...

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Longview Arboretum

A Grant for Longview's Arboretum

LONGVIEW - The Sabine River Authority of Texas will award the City of Longview a Community Assistance Program Grant. The $10,000 will be used to assist the city to build a pond on the city’s arboretum site at 706 West Cotton Street. The city says this will help prevent run-off and improve drainage.

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Benjamin Andrew Cole

Man Prison Bound Because of Child Porn

TYLER - A Tyler man is heading to prison on child porn charges. Benjamin Andrew Cole, 34, pleaded guilty in state district court in Tyler Monday morning. He pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and an online solicitation charge. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Cole was arrested last August 17th following an extensive investigation by the Department of Public Safety. He has been in the Smith County Jail since his arrest. The child porn charges stem from ...

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Two Killed in Kilgore Crash

Two Killed in Kilgore Crash

KILGORE - Two drivers have been killed in a two vehicle accident in Kilgore. It happened just before 4:00 Sunday afternoon on U.S. Highway 259 near Farm Road 349. One driver, 19 year old Dakota Patrick Harris, of Kilgore, later died in a Tyler hospital. The other driver, 79 year old Mary Virginia Cameron, of Overton, died in a Longview hospital. Police reports indicate Cameron's car drove into oncoming traffic, for unknown reasons, and hit Harris' car head-on. The accident ...

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Fatal Pedestrian Accident Under Investigation

HARRISON COUNTY -- A Marshall woman has died after she was hit by a semi. According to the DPS report, around 12:30 Saturday afternoon, Lea Celeste Williford, 32, was walking on the shoulder of I-20, 7 miles west of Waskom. Officials said she ran into the path of the tractor trailer. Williford was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation.

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