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Smith County Crime Stoppers offering reward in ‘caltrop cases’

Smith County Crime Stoppers offering reward in ‘caltrop cases’

SMITH COUNTY -- Tyler-Smith County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the “caltrops case.” According to our news partner KETK, nearly 300 of these “tire spikes” have been collected in the past weeks along I-20 in the westbound lanes, between Hwy 69 in Smith County and FM 314 in Van Zandt County. They have also been found in the westbound lanes of I-20 near the US 69 on-ramp in Lindale, near the ...

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Capital Murder Trial pushed back for Bullard man

Capital Murder Trial pushed back for Bullard man

TYLER --The capital murder trial for a Bullard man was pushed back Tuesday afternoon due to the coronavirus pandemic and both sets of lawyers awaiting DNA testing results. According to our news partner KETK, 23-year-old Brentavian Henderson is charged in connection to the killing of Roy Bowins, 77. The murder happened in November 2018 while he and two others were allegedly stealing a car and two TVs.The pandemic has pushed back jury trials in Texas for months and officials are ...

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Continuance granted in Ortiz case

Continuance granted in Ortiz case

TYLER -- An extension was granted for the trial of a Tyler man accused of multiple counts of child sexual assault. According to our news partner KETK, Luis Ortiz, 23, could receive life in prison for allegedly posing as a teenager and then sending graphic messages to minors on social media. During a Monday hearing held on Zoom, prosecutors ask for a 60-day continuance as deputies with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office have expanded their investigation.Noah Coltman said he is ...

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TxDOT unveils Be Safe Drive Smart initiative

TxDOT unveils Be Safe Drive Smart initiative

TYLER -- Be Safe. Drive Smart. is a public education and awareness campaign presented by TxDOT. On Tuesday, D.P.S. Sgt Jean Dark told KTBB,"We wholeheartedly support that effort. I think one of the things that's really important for listener's to recognize is that the state of Texas records more than 3,700 traffic fatalities a year. When you kind of have that perspective, I think then you start to look at ok, what are my driving habits? We can point out ...

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Drive-thru Produce Distribution

Drive-thru Produce Distribution

TYLER -- The East Texas Food Bank will conduct its next free produce distribution this Friday morning. Disbursements will take place from 8-10 a.m. at the East Texas State Fairgrounds. The circulation is returning to a drive-thru model. Free produce and fresh items, pending availability, will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no eligibility or ID requirements. The distributions are held on the first and third Friday morning of each month.

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Mentoring Alliance After-School Boys & Girls Club of East Texas registration underway

Mentoring Alliance After-School Boys & Girls Club of East Texas registration underway

TYLER -- This year more than 1400 elementary students will be served by The Boys and Girls Club of East Texas. Mentoring Alliance After-School program offers options at 19 elementary campuses in the area. The program works with Tyler, Whitehouse, and Bullard ISD's to offer fun, engaging, Christian after-school care that takes place at each district's elementary campuses; Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm. – 6:00 p.m. To register or for more information call 903-593-9211 or visit the website by ...

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E TX man’s obituary blames Governor Abbott and President Trump for his death

E TX man's obituary blames Governor Abbott and President Trump for his death

JEFFERSON -- 78-year-old David Nagy died from the coronavirus on July 22nd. -His obituary was published in a local newspaper and included an angry message from his wife. She called her husband's death "needless" and pointed the finger at Abbott, the President, and all other politicians who she says didn't take the pandemic seriously...She said her husband, who had underlying health issues, did everything he was supposed to do, but they didn't.She also blamed other Texans who "believed their 'right' ...

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Bullard high school Junior celebrated

Bullard high school Junior celebrated

TYLER -- A Bullard high school student was recognized in The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. Avery Hicks was commemorated for her achievement of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Some of Hicks accomplishments include education of first graders in Oaxaca, Mexico to learn English and Spanish. She helped produce materials intended to help the students learn translations. This included Hicks making over 7,000 game pieces that were designed, printed and laminated for the students to use for years to ...

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Curbside recycling on hold due to plant malfunction

Curbside recycling on hold due to plant malfunction

KILGORE -- Rivers Recycling in Kilgore has experienced a mechanical breakdown and prompted city of Tyler and Longview officials to ask their customers to hold their recyclables until their next collection date. Tyler residents that would like more information, can contact the Solid Waste Department at 903 531-1388. Customers with questions in Longview, should call 903-237-1250.

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