Investigation focusing on accomplice of dead would-be robber

The investigation into a shootout at a Smith County convenience store, which left one would-be-robber dead at the scene Sunday night, now focuses on his accomplice, who was seen driving a late-model green two-door vehicle prior to the shooting.  Authorities now question if the dead robber and his accomplice are the same men who have ta

UPDATE: Fire did $1.2M in damage to Lindale business Video

LINDALE - The investigation is underway to determine what ignited a 40,000-square-foot furniture distribution warehouse on County Road 496 Monday morning.  The blaze, which could be seen for miles, caused the building to collapse on itself due to the immense heat from the structure.

UPDATE: Victim in overnight homicide identified

Tyler police responding to a car crash early Monday morning found they were not dealing with a car crash, but instead, a homicide.  Once on the scene in the 400 block of West 24th Street, officers found 24-year-old Tyrone Lee Underwood, of Tyler, dead in his vehicle at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

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