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2nd person has died of injuries from crash that killed Lufkin HS baseball player

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) – A driver involved in a crash that killed a Lufkin High School baseball player and injured two people has died. May 19 at 4:05 p.m., a 2006 Toyota Avalon traveling northbound was struck at a hill crest while attempting to turn into a private driveway on U.S. Highway 259, approximately 11 miles north of Nacogdoches, according to a DPS report. The report said the oncoming car was suspected to be traveling at a high rate of speed, collided with the Toyota, and rolled multiple times. A third car struck the debris from the crash. Nacogdoches Constable Roger Dudley said both vehicles directly involved left the road entirely, and ended up in the woods. Sherry Byrd Randall, 71, of Nacogdoches, was the driver of the Toyota, DPS said. She was taken to Nacogdoches Medical Center and treated for her injuries the day of the crash, but died on May 27.

Campti woman arrested in connection with shooting of Natchitoches man

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KSLA) – A 20-year-old woman is facing charges after reportedly being involved in the shooting of a man in early May. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened May 10 around 4:30 p.m. on Burl Pickett Road in Campti. The 30-year-old male victim was shot multiple times, officials say. He was airlifted to a regional trauma center in critical condition. Officials say someone driving down Burl Pickett Road found the man lying on the side of the road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The driver helped the victim into their car and drove them to the hospital. The patient was then airlifted to the trauma center from the hospital. As the investigation moved forward, deputies identified Imani Knox, 20, as a person of interest. Officials say she was positively identified as one of two suspects involved in the shooting. Knox was arrested May 18 in the 3100 block of US 71/84. She was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on charges of principal to armed robbery and principal to first-degree murder. Knox’s bond was set at $1.25 million. Officials are still searching for the other suspect. Anyone with information about this shooting should call Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at 318-238-2388.

Cotton Patch Cafe in Tyler temporarily closed after kitchen fire

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – A deep fryer caught fire at the Cotton Patch Cafe in Tyler, causing the restaurant to close for the rest of the day. The fire took place at about 3:45 p.m., and the Tyler Fire Department was able to quickly extinguish the blaze, Tyler Police Public Information Officer Andy Erbaught said. He confirmed no one was injured in the incident. A Cotton Patch representative said the restaurant will be closed for the remainder of Sunday, but hopes to reopen on Monday pending results of a health inspection.

Drowning victim recovered from Toledo Bend

The Memorial Day weekend got off to a tragic start when a person drowned in the waters of Toledo Bend Reservoir. It happened at about 8:30 Friday evening near Carrice Creek in the Sabinetown Community, about 8 miles east of Hemphill. Information from Texas Parks & Wildlife officials indicate that the victim was swimming when he went under water, but never resurfaced. Game wardens used sonar to locate his body, which was found in water that was six feet deep. Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox has identified the victim as 45-year-old Roberto Resendiz-Flores, of Dallas.

Early morning fire damages Mount Pleasant bowling alley

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas (KLTV) – Fire broke out at Mount Pleasant Bowling Alley & Activity Center Monday morning, requiring three shifts of firemen to fully extinguish. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department said they were called to a structure fire in the 700 block of E. 16th Street at about 5:56 a.m. On arrival, crews found the building heavily involved with fire. The fire was under control by about 6:30 a.m., and firemen said they then began an extensive overhaul. Nortex Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Justin Hargrove said response started out with A-shift, then rolled to B-shift with C-shift coming in on a call back. “There is significant damage to the Venue but won’t know any more news until we can get inside and look for ourselves,” a representative from the business posted. “And yes! We will rebuild so you can have a fun place for your family, friends and kids to go to. We will keep you updated on the progress as we know more.” The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the scene, but no information on the cause of the fire is available at this time.

One person dead in motorcycle wreck in Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) – One person was declared deceased at the scene of a motorcycle wreck on US 80 on Sunday afternoon. According to a preliminary report issued by Texas DPS, the driver of the motorcycle, Tommy Wayne Stites, 55, of Baytown, was driving west on US 80 at an unsafe speed when he veered of the roadway and struck a guardrail after he was unable to get through a curve in the roadway. The investigation is still ongoing.

Rollover crash in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. – Caddo Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal rollover car crash on Monday in Shreveport. The crash happened before 4:30 p.m. in the 10000 block of Woolworth Road. When deputies arrived, they found the body of a 20-year-old woman trapped under a car. Deputies believe she was ejected from her vehicle after crashing into a tree. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

Shots fired by officer leaves one dead

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Caddo Parish coroner has released the name of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting on Monday. He is Robert Diamond, 60. He shot just after 2 p.m. by police officers who responded to his home in the 7200 block of Old River Drive. That’s in the city’s 71105 zip code. Louisiana State Police Troop G confirmed two SPD officers arrived at the scene between East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop where shots were fired after a fight. Authorities say police fired on Diamond after he pulled a handgun when they approached him. Diamond was transported to Ochsner LSU Health hospital where he died at 2:35 p.m. No officers were injured. This is the third officer-involved shooting in Shreveport over the last six weeks. This marks the 30th homicide in Shreveport and Caddo Parish for 2023. The shooting remains under investigation by the Louisiana State Police.

Woman rescued from vehicle after it plunged into a creek

A woman had to be rescued from her vehicle after it plunged into a creek. The incident occurred shortly before 9:00 Saturday evening in Sabine County. Daily News & More is reporting that emergency responders were sent to Farm to Market Road 1, also known as Bronson Road, about a mile south of Highway 103, and found the vehicle partially submerged in the water. The woman was taken to Sabine County Hospital in Hemphill. Her name or the extent of her injuries were not immediately available.

Women arrested for drugs and weapon on police station parking lot

The Alabama-Coushatta Police Department says two women were arrested on the parking lot of their police station after the pair was found to be in possession of a large amounts of drugs, a handgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. It happened at about 7:30 Friday evening at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation between Woodville and Livingston. According to police, officers noticed a suspicious vehicle on the parking lot and inside was Angela Jarone, 53, of Colmesneil, and Autumn Smith, 41, of Houston. Police said the pair had several bags containing multiple forms of drug paraphernalia and contraband, including pills and other substances, dozens of syringes, baggies and scales. Police said testing revealed the drugs to be methamphetamine, fentanyl, Oxycodone, Xanax, and various other prescription narcotics. They also found that the syringes had previously been used and were loaded and ready for future use. Officers say Jarone and Smith were arrested and charged with multiple counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. Additionally, Smith was named in a felony warrant out of Galveston County. At last word both remained in the Polk County Jail in Livingston.

Woodville man involved in a Sunday evening rollover crash

A man from Tyler County was involved in a Sunday evening rollover crash here in Jasper. It happened shortly after 5:00 at the intersection of Highways 190 and 63 West. Police say Markeze Riley, 29 of Woodville was driving a late model Chevrolet Impala eastbound on Highway 190. Firefighters said Riley told them that he fell asleep at the wheel causing the car went off the south side of the highway and flipped upside-down. Riley had no apparent injuries. He was evaluated at the scene by a crew from Allegiance EMS.

Wreck with go cart leaves one dead

SHREVEPORT, La. – First responders were called to an accident in Shreveport involving a go-cart and a sedan Sunday night that left one person dead. It happened on a dimly lit section of the 3700 block of St. Vincent Avenue near Forest Park Cemetery. The victim was pinned under the vehicle. More than a dozen police and fire units responded.

Big-rig trailer caught on fire between jasper and Kirbyville

Roganville firefighters made quick work of an 18-wheeler trailer fire on Thursday afternoon. They responded at about 2:30 when the blaze was reported on the side of Highway 96 between Jasper and Kirbyville. Jasper County 911 dispatchers said that the truck driver was able to unhook the burning trailer and get the truck away from it. Firefighters had the flames extinguished just a few minutes after arrival. There was no report of anything hazardous being carried in the box-trailer.

Jasper PD says three stolen ATV’s recovered, warrants sought for suspect

Jasper Police Lieutenant Garrett Foster said Thursday that officers have located and recovered three stolen all-terrain vehicles, and arrest warrants are being sought for their suspect. According to Foster, between April 8th and May 15th, two ATV’s were stolen from the Coburn Supply Warehouse on Visador Road, and another ATV was stolen from King Ranch Ag & Turf on Highway 96 North. Foster says a 39-year-old male is their suspect in the crimes.

Man convicted for murdering Sabine Co resident in Tennessee

A jury in Clarksville, Tennessee has convicted a man on charges of Pre-Meditated Murder and Reckless Endangerment with a Deadly Weapon after he shot and killed a Sabine County man who would have soon been his brother-in-law. The killing, family members and prosecutors said, came about after a dog urinated in the now convicted murderer’s house. Scott Haynes, Jr, who at the time was a 25-year-old Army Sergeant stationed at Fort Campbell, shot and killed Austin Moss, 24, on November 20th, 2020. The witnesses said that after the incident with the dog in the house, Haynes was going to harm the dog, but Moss stepped in and was shot and killed while trying to protect the dog from Haynes. Moss was survived by his wife and their young child. The sentencing of Haynes will not be handed down until September.

Marshall dog hung by leash will recover, will not return to owner

MARSHALL, Texas (KLTV) – The dog seized from a man arrested for animal cruelty on Wednesday is expected to recover. A police report said that the dog belonging to Jacob Edwards, 30, of Marshall, will not be returned to the man after it recovers. Edwards was arrested on Wednesday after an officer and two witnesses saw Edwards hang the dog from the entrance of a Marshall business and allow the door to close on the animal. The witnesses also reported seeing Edwards kick the dog “with force,” and allegedly heard him speak about regularly beating the pet. The report said that the dog is expected to recover and is not available for adoption at this time. “The swift action of the witnesses and the responding officers saved this animal from further suffering,” Marshall Police Chief Cliff Carruth said. “We encourage people to call police if they see something like this.” Edwards was booked into the Harrison County Jail on a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals on a bond of $3,000.

Payne Springs emergency responders rescue man with chainsaw in leg

PAYNE SPRINGS, Texas (KLTV) – A Payne Springs man was sent to the hospital after emergency responders assisted a man with a chainsaw stuck in his leg. According to a report by Payne Springs Fire Rescue, emergency responders received a traumatic injury call at a residence on County Road 2830 a little after 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The caller stated that a man had a chainsaw stuck in his leg. Responders said that prior to their arrival, the bar and motor portions of the chainsaw had been removed. A proper tourniquet as applied to stop the bleeding and responders said the man had sustained serious injuries to his lower leg who was then transported by EMS to UT Health in Tyler.

Shooting suspect in custody

NATCHITOCHES, La. — A Natchitoches Parish woman is in jail in connection with a shooting earlier this month that injured a man. A second suspect is being sought, Sheriff Stuart Wright said Thursday in a news release. Imani M. Knox of Campti is held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on charges of principal to attempted first-degree murder and principal to armed robbery. Her bond is set at $1.25 million. The 30-year-old man who was shot suffered life-threatening injuries. He remains hospitalized. The shooting happened on the afternoon of May 10 on Burl Pickett Road in Campti. A motorist told Natchitoches Parish sheriffs detectives the victim was found lying on the side of the road suffering from gunshot wounds. The motorist rendered aid until the man was taken to the hospital. Knox was arrested May 18 at a house in Campti. Detectives said the investigation into identifying and locating the second person involved is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives Darrel Winder or Glen Sers at the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau or Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at 318-238-2388. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward.

Suspect detained in fatal Longview shooting

LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) – The Longview Police Department is investigating a fatal Thursday morning shooting.

Longview officers responded to an area in the 1300 block of Twelfth Street at 11:25 a.m. this morning in response to reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers said they found an individual lying on the side of the road with an apparent gunshot wound. They were later pronounced dead at the scene.

A report by the police department said that a person of interest is currently being detained and interviewed by investigators.

Authorities ask anyone with information to please contact Detectives at 903-237-1110 or Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP (7867) or online at greggcountycrimestoppers.org.

City work crew accidentally ruptured gas line

Jasper firefighters responded to a neighborhood on the west side of town after a City of Jasper work crew accidentally ruptured a natural gas line. It happened shortly before the noon hour Wednesday at the intersection of Pearl Street and Timberlane Drive. No fire occurred, but the smell of the escaping gas permeated the air in the neighborhood. A crew from Centerpoint Energy was called upon to repair the pipe and stop the leak.

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