LONGVIEW – A Longview man has been sentenced to prison for a murder in late August of last year. GeKainnon Ikemoin-Kenyon Harris, 20, pleaded guilty Monday. In connection with a plea agreement, Harris was sentenced to 13 years in prison and fined $5,000. He was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Alexis Bell, 26, in an apartment on Lake Lamond Drive. Originally, Harris was arrested at the scene on two unrelated assault family violence warrants. He was later charged with Bell’s death.
TYLER- Tyler school trustees have a called meeting Tuesday morning. At that time they will see the future look of the city’s two high schools. At the 11:00am meeting, architects will show school board members the proposed renovations for John Tyler and Robert E Lee High Schools. In May, voters approved a $198 million bond issue to fund the renovations. Initial work has already started on the two campuses. When finished, Lee will stretch to Shiloh road and the only current building to remain will be the field house, auditorium and varsity gym. At John Tyler, the basic structure will remain as a state of the art facility will be built along with a full size auditorium and better practice facilities.
WASKOM – A Weekend accident in Harrison County left one person dead and one injured. The accident occurred around midnight on Friday. It was not discovered until shortly after 5:45 Saturday morning. Killed was Angel Pace of Karnack. Listed in fair condition in a Shreveport hospital is Carl Johnson of Karnack. The accident occurred on Mt. Zion Church Road north of Waskom. According to the Department of Public Safety report, Johnson fell asleep at the wheel and his car hit a piped fence and came to rest against an oil storage tank. Both Johnson and Pace were not wearing seat belts.
SMITH COUNTY — A bicyclist killed in a wreck just after noon Saturday has been identified. Thomas Albert Marty, 73, of Lindale was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Department of Public Safety report, Marty was riding the bike on the shoulder of Hwy 69 north, 2 miles south of Mineola. The bicyclist attempted to turn left, entering the outside lane of traffic in front of a 2009 Ford Focus, driven by Vanessa Cervantes, 20, of Tyler. DPS said she was unable to avoid the collision.
SMITH COUNTY — A 28-year-old man has been arrested following a Sunday afternoon shooting. It happened around 4:30 at a home on Southern Trace Circle in Flint. One person was shot in the leg following a domestic dispute. Paul Jordan, Flint, was booked into the Smith County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond has not been set.
MURCHISON – Two person have been arrested after Henderson County authorities shut down Murchison horse track. According to a news release from the Henderson County Fire Marshal, state law requires the horse races to get a permit if over 100 persons will be there. Over 1,000 persons were counted Sunday when County Fire Marshall Shane Renberg and Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and deputies arrived. The track was shut down and arrested were Moises Antonio Hernandez of Murchison and Rebecca Rodriquez Chaffee of Dallas. They were charged with promoting a mass gathering without a permit, a class B misdemeanor. It carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.
TYLER – Motorists are experiencing some delays on Toll 49 From State Highway 31 North to Interstate Highway 20. This is because of improvements that are being made on the toll road. The work includes building a four foot flush medium between lanes, adding rumble strips and reflectors between lanes and additional signs stressing passing and no passing zones. According to the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the work will continue into 2018. You can keep up with the current work locations by signing up for text alerts, text Toll49 to 444222.
TYLER – A professor at the University of Texas at Tyler has been recognized by the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning for outstanding artistry. Merrie Wright entered in the center’s 2017 National Juried and Invitational Cup Exhibition. She earned first place for her ceramic work. Her work will also be become a part of the center’s permanent collection. A ceramic sculptor, Wright serves as associate professor and chair of The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Art and Art History. She holds a master of fine arts degree.