Crime

  Thieves in stolen truck try, fail to break into Longview ATM

An attempt was made overnight to break into an ATM at an East Texas Bank.

Three arrested after Central Texas teenager shot to death in parking lot of high school

Tyler man jailed after disabled daughter loses feet to frostbite

High-speed chase through Wood County ends with crash, arrest

Gregg County Sheriff’s Office discovers stolen mail, IDs on theft suspect

  Attorney speaks out about lawsuit against Angelina County Commissioner Cheshire

Child found unresponsive in Tyler motel bathtub dies

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Angelina County commissioner allegedly violated bond by contacting victims

Upshur County grand jury indicts teen accused in shooting deaths

Seagoville police: Abduction, Amber Alert of East Texas girls a hoax

Tyler man gets 3 years for throwing child

Angelina County commissioner back in jail Monday night

  Affidavit: Tyler man met Alabama girl online, kidnapped, sexually assaulted her

East Texans plead guilty to postal crime spree that targeted post offices in Texas, Louisiana

Two individuals have pleaded guilty to their involvement in postal offenses in Texas and Louisiana, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Arrest made in connection with 3 fires in Marshall Saturday

All three fires were extinguished by the fire department, and no one was injured in any of the incidents.

DPS lab requests guidance for DNA testing at arraignment for suspect in Starrville church slaying

During an arraignment hearing for the suspect in the shooting death of a Starrville pastor, the Texas Department of Public Safety lab requested a court listing what the state and the defense want to be DNA tested.

6 injured in Shreveport shooting after multiple men reportedly fired into crowd

A shooting Sunday night (April 18) in Shreveport left six people injured, police say.

Tyler police rescue 13-year-old Alabama girl from residence on Woods Blvd.

Athens man who was allegedly found with ‘large amount of meth’ during HCSO search indicted

Chandler man indicted in connection with fatal head-on collision on FM 315

Man arrested in Texarkana, accused of punishing toddler by putting him in scalding bath water

East Texas couple to spend 10 years in federal prison for drug, gun trafficking

Hemphill murder suspect back in jail following more indictments

Grand jury indicts Hemphill man for crash that killed 3 firefighters

The victims of the Jan. 17 crash Vanessa Davis, 28, Jason Davis, 38, and Ralph Hill, 48, were all members of the Pendleton Harbor Volunteer Fire Department.

Wills Point man sentenced to 8 years in prison for receiving child porn

Upon release from prison, James Veeser will be required to register as a sex offender.

Whitehouse man gets life sentences for double-shooting deaths

Harvey Louis Martin pleaded guilty to the Dec. 27, 2018 murders of two victims, who both were shot in the head.

  East Texas not spared from growing wave of catalytic converter thefts

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, since the pandemic started there has been a rise in catalytic converter thefts nationwide. Most recently, a man was arrested in Lufkin for attempting to steal them from cars in a church parking lot.

Affidavit: Tyler employee writes over 100 checks to self totaling over $40K

The affidavit states Vicki Marie Melhart, 39, of Bullard, starting on about October 2, 2019, through May 27, 2020, acquired $40,124.35 cash from Sam McKinsey, the business owner.

Palestine man allegedly assaults police during arrest

The man arrested was wanted on multiple counts of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, as well as manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.

Harrison County man sentenced to 6 years for pipe bomb possession

Thomas Asa Harbarger, 57, pleaded guilty on Nov. 17, 2020 to possession of an unregistered destructive device and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison.

Gilmer man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a child

Michael Parker, 41, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Payne.

Houston County grand jury indicts pair in connection with adult who died in hot vehicle

A grand jury has indicted a Grapeland man and woman in connection to the death of a man who died after falling asleep in a hot vehicle.

Hawkins woman pleads guilty to stealing stimulus money

Brianna Clarisse Banks, 24, pleaded guilty to theft of government money today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Payne.

Carthage police asking for help locating suspect who shot victim, fled scene

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Carthage Police Department at (903) 693-3866.

At least two people injured after reported aggravated assault at Motel 6 in Tyler

Police, fire and EMS units responded to the extended stay motel near the intersection of Troup Highway and loop 323 around 1 a.m.

Smith County judge denies request for discovery by Bullard man who killed 10-year-old girl

During a Zoom hearing Tuesday, a Smith County district judge denied a motion from Gustavo Zavala-Garcia’s defense attorneys that asked for the discovery in the capital murder case be released to their client.

Tyler woman who stole 1937 Packard convertible from storage unit gets 4 years

A Tyler woman agreed to a plea deal of four years in prison Tuesday for stealing a 1937 Packard convertible from a storage unit on Shiloh Road in March of 2020.

Flint man accused in beating death of father declines 45-year plea agreement

A Flint man who is accused of beating his father to death using his hands, his feet, and a wooden cane in December of 2019 turned down a plea deal agreement of 45 years in prison on Monday.

Sheriff: Wills Point man who killed mom, dog arrested after 7-hour standoff

A Wills Point man is being held in the Van Zandt County jail on a charge of murder after setting in motion a standoff with law enforcement that lasted for seven hours on Monday.

2 men arrested in connection with death of missing Nacogdoches man

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 20-year-old Nacogdoches man who was last heard from on April 3.

Bullard man convicted in death of 10-year-old requesting discovery documents

Acting on Gustavo Zavala-Garcia’s behalf, one of his defense attorneys has filed a motion to release the discovery in his client’s capital murder case.

Panola County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrest 1 man after assisting Caddo Parish with pursuit

Deputies with the Panola County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on multiple active warrants after the PCSO assisted the Caddo Parrish Sheriff's Office with a pursuit that started in Louisiana Sunday morning.

  Family still seeking answers in 15-year-old East Texas murder case

In April 2006, the bludgeoned body of a woman was found dumped in the road near an East Texas interstate. Since then, no clues as to what happened to 'Norma Martinez-Cooper' have ever been found. Now the family is asking for someone, somewhere to help them solve the mystery of her death.

Brothers arrested in connection with string of Lufkin vehicle burglaries

Lufkin Police arrested brothers tied to numerous vehicle burglaries after interrupting one of them stealing a vehicle stereo at Deerwood I Apartments early this morning in the 100 block of Champions Drive.

Police: Man caught under Lufkin church van stealing catalytic converter

When officers told Brown he was being charged for stealing the catalytic converters Brown said, “I didn’t steal them. I was in the process.”

Gregg County judge sentences Lindale man to 30 years for death of robbery accomplice

A Gregg County district judge sentenced a Lindale man to 30 years in connection with the December 2019 death of Ladarius Bell on Friday.

Judge grants pretrial release for Polk County man accused in Capitol riots

A federal judge has granted release for a Goodrich man accused for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

  Family irate after accused killer of Sabine County teenager released on bond

The Sabine County DA’s office says they have requested a speedy trial for this case. The court has set an expedited court date of July 12, 2021.

Polk County grand jury indicts 3 men accused in home shooting deaths of 2

A Polk County grand jury has indicted three men accused in the shooting deaths of a man and woman at a Livingston home in January.

Livingston police discover possible human trafficking operation

The investigation of a Livingston residence led to the discovery of a possible human trafficking operation.

  East Texas authorities advise parents to watch for THC-infused candy, chips, vape pens

At first glance, they look like a regular bag of chips or candy.

Man to serve 4 years for firing rifle toward neighbor during argument in Smith County

The man was arrested in November after a disturbance with his neighbor.

Man to serve 5 years for propositioning minor online in Gregg County

A Cleburne man will serve time after he was arrested for propositioning a minor online.

Tyler County Sheriff’s Office: Search warrant recovers child porn shared on social media

A registered sex offender, Jeremy Nobles, 45 of Warren, was arrested at the residence on Highway 69, south of Warren where the search took place, Tuesday at approximately 7:30 a.m.

2 arrested, 2 flee following pursuit, crash in Tyler

Officials said two people were taken into custody following a brief pursuit on Loop 323 in Tyler early Wednesday morning.

US Marshals arrest suspect in fatal shooting at Lufkin apartment complex in Collin County

Janaal Dunn, 19, of Lufkin, was taken into custody on a murder warrant just after noon in Collin County by U.S. Marshals.

AG’s office takes over case against driver in fatal Athens ISD bus crash

The Henderson County District Attorney’s Office has recused itself in the case against the bus driver accused in the death of an Athens ISD student.

Longview couple accused of having meth, toddler on motel room floor

A man and woman were arrested for endangering a child Sunday night at a Longview hotel.

Athens woman accused of stealing Corvette across street from sheriff’s office

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse walked across the street to arrest a 32-year-old woman who allegedly tried to steal a Corvette from a bail bond office Monday afternoon.

Suspect in Nacogdoches shooting turns self in

Police report the Criminal Investigation Division obtained an Aggravated Assault Felony 2 warrant for Aziz Pleasant, 19, from Nacogdoches after obtaining probable cause that he was the suspect that shot Markeith Tryome Roberts.

Diana man arrested in connection with death of 60-year-old man

Deputies with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Diana man in connection with the death of a 60-year-old man.

Gregg County man sentenced to over 15 years for trafficking nearly 2 kilograms of meth

A Longview man was sentenced to federal prison today for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Lufkin police looking for suspect in fatal Sunday shooting

Dunn shot Frost in the chest during the incident and then fled, LPD says.

Tyler County Sheriff’s Office seeks tips from public on Lufkin man’s shooting death

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in connection with the shooting death of a Lufkin man.

  Lufkin Police catch alleged truck thieves in Burke

The Lufkin Police Department is on the hunt for two suspects who allegedly attempted to steal a truck before leading officers on a chase.

Trooper Chad Walker dies after roadside shooting near Mexia

In his final lifesaving act, Trooper Walker’s organs were donated to save others

Man arrested during Marion County welfare check now arrested for murder; victim identified

They interviewed several witnesses and pieced together information and searched near the house. They found a body as they searched, now identified as Vaughn.

Police looking for suspect seen fleeing from scene of shooting in Nacogdoches

The suspect was last seen running on foot from the area.

Welfare check in Marion County leads to drug arrest, discovery of body

The Texas Rangers have been called in to assist in the investigation.

  Rep. Bell’s bill on purging dead from voter rolls passes committee

An East Texas state representative’s legislation to expedite the process by which dead Texans are purged from voter registration rolls has passed the committee process.

Lufkin Police Department releases name of man shot, killed at apartment complex

The victim in a fatal shooting that occurred at a Lufkin apartment complex Sunday morning has been identified.

Lufkin police investigating fatal shooting incident at apartment complex

The Lufkin Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a Lufkin man in the 3300 block of Lotus Lane.

Palestine man accused of shooting Texas state trooper allegedly dies by suicide

A manhunt is underway for DeArthur Pinson Jr, 37, wanted in connection to the shooting of a Texas DPS Trooper Chad Walker near Mexia.

  State trooper shot near Mexia in critical condition, suspect not in custody

The scene of the shooting is on Highway 84.

Neches ISD principal Kimberlyn Snider pleads not guilty in arraignment hearing

Neches ISD elementary school principal Kimberlyn Snider is indicted on one count of tampering fabricating evidence and five counts of official oppression, which allegedly took place back in September. In her hearing on Friday, Snider pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Man dies after shooting incident involving Mount Pleasant police at apartment complex

Mount Pleasant police say a man died Wednesday evening after an incident in which he fired a gun from his vehicle.

Autopsy inconclusive on Lufkin man found dead, credit card stolen

The autopsy report has returned an “undetermined” cause of death for a Lufkin man found dead in his home and whose credit card was stolen.

Former Sabine ISD teacher aide avoids prison for relationship with student

Cassie Dowden is in court Wednesday, listening to witnesses speak to prosecutors and defense attorneys discuss her character in a case that alleges she had sex with a 17-year-old student when she was working in Sabine ISD.

Rusk County burglary suspect tracked by Beto Unit dogs

Jackie Webster Dennis, 41, was arrested after being tracked by the dogs. Dennis was placed in the Rusk County Jail and charged with Burglary of a Habitation with a $60,000 bond.

Gilmer woman pleads guilty to fraud role in getting COVID-19 relief funds

Fenton and Brewer were indicted by a federal grand jury on August 19, 2020 and charged with conspiracy to unlawfully transfer, possess, and use a means of identification.

  Uncooperative Tyler murder suspect says he’ll accept 50 years in girlfriend’s death

“I really don’t give a s---. I’m about to take these headphones off, I don’t want to talk anymore.”