Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:14 pm
By Emily Guevara, email@example.com
Caldwell Zoo educator Stephen LeBlanc held up the ball python named Monty for the children to see.He told the children that the snake, which is about 30 years old, is full-grown, has smooth s...
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:38 pm
By Staff Reports
Lindale Junior High School has been selected as a Showcase School for the Middle School Matters Institute, an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute.The school was selected because of its dedic...
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:26 pm
By Staff Reports
A Tyler teenager traveled to Washington, D.C., recently to advocate for drug research and health care for people with cystic fibrosis.Blake Parrish, 17, joined more than 70 other teenagers fr...
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:06 pm
(KYTX) – A trial date has been set for one of three suspects charged in the shooting death of 20-year-old Briana Young who was killed at P.T. Park on July 30, 2013.20-year-old Dennis Montrell...
Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:30 pm
By BY KENNETH DEAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
A bicyclist hit by a passing motorist’s mirror is recovering from his injuries after the Monday morning accident in Bullard. Bullard Police Chief Gary Don Lewis said 57-year-old Mark Cathey o...
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:00 am
Less than two weeks after convicted killer Randall Wayne Mays was denied his latest challenge to his conviction by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Carter Tarrance of the 392nd District Court set his execution date for March 18th, 2015. Judge Tarrance signed the execution order and death warrant on July 10th. Judge Tarrance also presided over the trial. Mays was not brought in from death row, nor was there a court hearing. “The law does not require the judge to hold a hearing in order to set an execution date.” Said District Attorney Scott McKee. “As soon as we received notice that the Fifth Circuit refused to grant Mays a Certificate of Appealability (COA), we filed a motion to set an execution date.” McKee indicated that this was the first available date provided to him from TDCJ through the Texas AGs Office. The United States Supreme Court refused to grant a review of Mays’ appeal in October of 2011 and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas denied his Federal writ of habeas corpus in December of 2013. Mays’ latest legal challenge to his conviction involved a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Federal court last December in an attempt to gain what's known as a Certificate of Appealability (COA) for his case. The suit was partly based on assertions that Mays is mentally handicapped, therefore, the State of Texas should not be allowed to execute him. The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that prior cases establish a precedent that the mentally handicapped do not receive an absolute constitutional protection from death penalty laws. The judges denied his request for a COA as a result. This is the second execution date set for Mays. Texas law mandates that a court cannot set an execution date until the convict has exhausted his State Appeals and State writ of habeas corpus. In May 2011, the District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to set the execution date before Mays filed his Federal writ of habeas corpus. Although his defense team fought the motion, the Court set the date for August 23, 2011.
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:00 am
At approximately 8:50 p.m. Sunday, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a 911 call stating that multiple shots had been fired in the 19000 block of CR 2343 north of Troup. Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call along with EMS and officers with Troup Police Department, Arp Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Officers arrived on scene to find two male victims, ages 38 and 48, who had been shot in their legs. The victims were transported by EMS to a Tyler hospital where they received treatment for their injuries. Witnesses stated that the shots were fired following an altercation involving one of the victims, after which the suspects fled the premises. At this time the investigation is ongoing, and more details will be released as they become available.
Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:05 pm
By Faith Harper, email@example.com
There’s almost nothing the Yonder family won’t do for a good burrito.Charlotte and John Yonder Jr., both 43, of Lindale, spent the eve of their 13th wedding anniversary camped ove...
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:48 pm
By Staff reports
A man was struck while walking across Chandler Highway in Tyler on Sunday morning.The accident happened at 5:45 a.m. in the 5400 block of Chandler Highway, according to the Tyler Police Department....
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:38 pm
By FAITH HARPER firstname.lastname@example.org
The tomato is king in Jacksonville, but in the 1930s and 40s the “love apple” had a queen.Jacksonville’s National Tomato Festival rivaled the Texas Rose Festival from 1934 to 1941...