Burkeville dog attack victim recovering as sheriff says action taken against dog ownerBurkeville dog attack victim Shelly Engel is continuing to recover as Newton County Sheriff Robert Burby says action has been taken against the owner of the dogs. The 19-year-old was attacked by a pack of sixteen dogs on Sunday morning at the intersection of Highways 63 & 87 in Burkeville. Engel shared photos of her injuries with our news partner, KFDM 6 News in Beaumont, and she also said that she returned to Jasper Memorial Hospital on Wednesday night to receive one of the tetanus shots that doctors advised her to have. Sheriff Burby says the owner of the dogs, who as identified as Alicia Ferguson, received a citation this week and was warned that she needed to contain her dogs, along with reminding her of her responsibility under Texas law when a dog is considered dangerous.
Crockett emergency crews respond to gas leak
CROCKETT, Texas (KTRE) – UPDATE: CenterPoint is on scene making repairs, according to the Houston County fire marshal; there is no longer a hazard to the public. Emergency crews are responding to a gas leak in the area of Martin Luther King Blvd. near Lewis Circle. The Crockett Fire Department, Crockett Police Department, Houston County Emergency Management and Houston County Sheriff’s Office are all on scene, according to a social media post from the Houston County fire marshal. Crews ask people to stay clear of the area and comply with any directives given by local authorities. The situation is still being assessed and we will continue to post any updates.
Family member says bicyclist struck by vehicle remains in critical condition
A family member of a man who was struck by a vehicle as he rode his bicycle on Monday night has given an update on his condition. Holly McNorton, who is related to the bicyclist, 33-year-old Randle McShan, of Burkeville, says that he remains in critical condition in a Lufkin hospital and he underwent surgery in an attempt to repair his shattered right ankle. The incident occurred at about 8:3o on Farm to Market Road 3413 near the Westlake Community. Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Shana Clark said McShan was riding the bicycle on the highway when he was hit by a 2015 Jeep Patriot, driven by Hunter Montes, 18, of Jasper. Clark said both the bicycle and the Jeep were traveling southbound and the driver of the Jeep slowed down to pass the bicycle, however, she said the bicyclist went into the path of the Jeep as it was passing.
Federal grand jury indicts former little league president for transporting kids for sex
A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas has taken action against a former little league president and coach accused of having sex with young players, some only seven years old. U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston tells KFDM/Fox 4 News that a federal grand jury has indicted Adam Isaacks on six counts of transporting minors across state lines for purposes of sexual conduct. The indictments allege he transported three minors. If convicted, he could face ten years to life in prison. Our media partner, KJAS, got exclusive video of Isaacks when he was brought to the Jasper County Jail in January, following his arrest in Sabine County. Isaacks is a former Evadale Little League baseball president and coach. He faces multiple state charges in Jasper and Sabine Counties, accusing him of sexually abusing young little league baseball players during trips and other outings. The charges include multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. He remains in the Jasper County Jail under bonds totaling millions of dollars. There is also civil litigation involved. The Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont filed a lawsuit on behalf of the alleged victims and their families.
San Augustine man accused of killing man with crossbow
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) – Authorities have arrested a man they suspect is responsible for the killing of a San Augustine man. According to a report by the San Augustin Sheriff’s Office, Lorenza White, 35, of San Augustine, was apprehended by officers with the Lufkin Police Department around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, hours after he allegedly killed Bryan Blue, 33, by shooting him in the back with a crossbow at a residence on Farm to Market Road 711. White was reportedly found driving Blue’s truck. After being transported back to the San Augustine Sheriff’s Office, white allegedly confessed during an interview to shooting Blue and taking the man’s truck. White has since been charged with murder, aggravated robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Teenage driver and two children escape injury in rollover crash
A teenage driver and two children were lucky to escape injury in a rollover crash just east of Jasper on Tuesday evening. It happened shortly before 9:00 on Farm to Market Road 776, just before Highway 63 East. Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Shana Clark said that 17-year-old Isabella De La Cruz, of Jasper, was driving a 2017 Volkswagen car eastbound when she swerved to miss a small animal that ran out onto the highway. Clark said the car went off the roadway and into a ditch where it overturned. Sergeant Clark said that neither the driver, nor her passengers, a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old, were injured.
Three members of Southern University killed in a two-vehicle crash
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Three members of Southern University’s marching band, the Human Jukebox, were killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night in Natchitoches Parish. This crash killed Tyran Williams, 19, of Dallas, Dylan Young, 20, of Dallas and Broderick Moore 19, of Cedar Hill, Texas. The crash happened around 7:40 p.m. near the Powhatan exit on Interstate 49 and blocked part of the interstate for several hours. State police said Williams, Young and Moore were out of their Jeep Lorado trying to change a flat tire when a 1997 Freightliner, driven by Clyde Gary, 62, of Coushatta, drifted onto the shoulder and struck the left side of the Jeep then hit the three men. Williams, Young, and Moore sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead on scene. Gay, who was restrained, sustained no injuries. The three students were on their way home to Texas for Christmas break. Sources told WBRZ one of the students was on the phone at the time of the wreck, and the person on the other end of the call contacted police.
Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches retiring effective Dec. 31
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) – The sheriff of Angelina County has announced his impending retirement. Sheriff Greg Sanches has been in office for a decade, and has decided now is the time to step aside, effective Dec. 31. “It has been an honor for me to serve this county for the last 10 years as your 33rd Angelina County Sheriff,” Sanches wrote. “I have done my best to serve you all with honor and integrity. When I took office, there was a lot of work to be done within our agency and I am honored to have had the chance to bring many positive changes to our office.” Sanches listed some of the changes that have taken place within the county during his tenure:
Under my tenure, we have gotten pay substantially higher for our employees. We implemented full time Deputies on the south end of our county to better serve our citizens there. We implemented a Professional Code of Conduct for our Deputies to follow both on and off duty and it was implemented agency wide. Through interlocal agreements with local agencies, another full-time dispatcher position was implemented. We’ve greatly improved our shooting range and training for our officers. Deputies now have laptops in their vehicles to access TLETS and issue warnings and citations. We’ve obtained many grants, installed security cameras, implemented a body worn camera policy and issued body cameras to our Deputies and Investigators. Recently, an expansion was approved for the jail and a career ladder was designed and implemented for our employees.
Sanches says he is accepting a position with another agency out of town that will allow him to spend more time with his family. He is especially excited to live closer to his grandchildren, he noted. “Since I became a grandparent 4.5 years ago, I have wanted to live closer to my grandkids and be involved in their activities. I feel like now is the time for me and my wife to fulfill our wishes and make the move that will benefit our family the most.” Sanches expressed his thanks to the county. “Again, thank you so much to everyone who supported me, and I wish everyone in Angelina County the best.”
MANSFIELD, La. — A Converse woman died Tuesday morning when she rear-ended an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 171, state police said. Jessica Farris, 28, was taken to DeSoto Regional Health System in Mansfield, where she was pronounced dead of her injuries. Troopers said she was not wearing a seat belt. A 3-year-old passenger who was in a child safety seat was taken to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport with non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers said Farris was northbound in a 2020 Chevrolet Blazer just before 8 a.m. when she ran into the rear of a Kenworth tractor-trailer near Hudson Darby Road. The big rig driver was not injured.
Major two-vehicle crash
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a major two-vehicle crash involving multiple injuries on I-49 around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday night. According to the Natchitoches Sheriff’s office, the crash occurred near milepost #149 north of Powhatan. Traffic was condensed to one lane near the crash. The sheriff’s office said the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene. No word yet on the identities of those involved.
San Augustine sheriff: Loose hydraulic line caused deadly burst at rig site
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (KTRE) – A Monday night incident at a rig site in San Augustine County resulted in two deaths and three injuries. However, despite earlier reports, San Augustine County Sheriff Robert Cartwright, there was no explosion and no fire. According to Cartwright, the site’s superintendent informed him there was a “loose hydraulic line” at an old well that workers were attempting to restart when accumulated pressure on that line caused it to burst open. The deceased workers were with companies known as Jaguar and E6 Oil and Gas. Their identities are being withheld until immediate family can be notified. The injured workers were transported by helicopter to nearby trauma centers and are reported to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency responders from San Augustine County, Sabine County, Nacogdoches County, Pineland and Joaquin responded to the scene on Farm to Market Road 353.
East Texas school districts wore pink in honor of Athena Strand
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) – In memory of Athena Strand, several school districts across East Texas wore pink Monday. Judge J.D. Clark of Wise County said pink was Athena’s favorite color. That’s why he has put the call out for people to wear the color. The following school districts showed their support to her family, friends and community: Lindale, Grand Saline, Alto, Lone Oak, Van, Rains, Quitman, Edgewood, North Hopkins, Brownsboro, Winona, Winnsboro, Sulphur Bluff, Mineola, Yantis, and Frankston. Frankston ISD Assistant High School and Middle School Principal Jeff Teague said, “We just wanted to bring some acknowledgement to that and to the fact that we’ve got to get stuff like that eradicated. It’s crazy times we live in right now, and so the fact that something like this can happen in the manner in which it did, as a parent, it makes you stop and think, “Can we allow our kids to do anything anymore by themselves?”
Natchitoches man dies following weekend boating accident
NATCHITOCHES, La. — A Natchitoches man has died following a weekend boating accident on Cane River Lake. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Jack Crowell, 37, was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. Sunday at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport. The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday as Crowell was operating a 17-foot boat with his 4-year-old son as a passenger. Crowell hit a downed tree, which ejected him into the water. People nearby saw what happened and called 911. They also moved Crowell’s son from his father’s boat onto one of theirs. He was not injured. The Good Samaritans then found Crowell and retrieved him from the river. Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s deputies and EMS arrived and took Crowell to the hospital. Crowell was wearing a Type 5 personal floatation device that is manually inflated. It was not inflated when he was recovered. Crowell also had his engine cutoff switch attached to his PDF and it worked to properly shut off the motor after he was ejected, LDWF said.
SECRETARY OF STATE KYLE ARDOIN ISSUES STATEMENT ON SENTENCING IN TANGIPAHOA VOTE BUYING CONSPIRACY
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin issued a statement on the sentencing of two former elected officials in Amite City convicted of violating federal election laws. Former Amite City Chief of Police Jerry Trabona and Amite City councilman Kristian Hart were each sentenced to one year in prison for conspiring to pay, or offering to pay, voters for voting in a federal election. “Any case of election fraud is a grave matter. It can undermine our faith in the democratic process and deter citizens from voting. Alleged violations of state and federal election laws should always be thoroughly examined, and if needs be, prosecuted,” Ardoin stated. “The Department of State’s Elections Compliance Unit investigators provided records and support to federal authorities throughout the course of this investigation and eventual prosecution. In 2021, the unit, along with our partners from the Louisiana Department of Justice, also helped bring charges against former Amite City Mayor Pro Tempore and councilman Emmanuel Zanders III. I am incredibly proud of the work done by the Elections Compliance Unit in bringing all the facts of these cases to light.” Two additional Louisianians, Calvin Batiste and Louis Ruffin, are expected to be sentenced for their involvement in the vote buying conspiracy in the near future. For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900. To report suspected cases of election fraud or violations of the election code, contact the
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell issues statement regarding incident at “The Border” lounge
Since being elected your Sheriff, it has been my goal to be completely transparent with the public regarding my administration. Immediately upon learning of the actions taken by Reserve Deputy Dustin Cartinez at “The Border” lounge, his status as a Reserve Deputy was suspended and his commission was later revoked. He is no longer affiliated with the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. Part of the prior media release was meant to detail Cartinez’s past affiliation with the Sheriff’s Office and was not intended to commend his service. “The Border” Lounge is located within the city limits of Zwolle; therefore, Zwolle Police Department is the lead investigating agency. The case is still under investigation by Zwolle PD. Dustin Cartinez, Kobe Cartinez and Payton Lindsey were all charged with Second Degree Battery (Felony) and booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center. All arrests were made by Zwolle PD with full support of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. It is the goal of all law enforcement involved that justice be served. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Mr Parrie and his family.
SPSO locates man wanted in connection with violent bar fight; 2 others arrested
MANY, La. — Sabine Parish sheriff’s deputies have located a Many man who was wanted in connection with a violent bar fight early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital and two others to jail. An arrest warrant was issued for Kobe Alynn Cartinez, 22, for second-degree battery. He was being sought Monday morning; however by 11 a.m. deputies had him in custody. He was being booked into jail and awaiting bond. Kobe Cartinez is the son of Dustin Cartinez, 39, of Many, who along with Payton E. Lindsey, 24, of Zwolle, were arrested shortly after the fight. Both also were arrested on a charge of second-degree battery. They are free on bonds of $8,000 each. The victim, Bobby Parrie Jr., suffered serious injuries in the fight at The Border lounge in Zwolle. He remains in intensive care at a Shreveport hospital. In a news release Sunday night, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell said the fight was reported around 1 a.m. Saturday between several people inside the bar, then moved outside. Zwolle police and sheriff’s deputies responded. Zwolle police are leading the investigation since Dustin Cartinez is associated with the sheriff’s office. He is a commissioned volunteer reserve deputy. He was a fulltime corrections officer under a former sheriff’s administration. Dustin Cartinez was off duty when the fight happened. His reserve deputy commission has been suspended, Mitchell said.
Cane River Lake boating accident
NATCHITOCHES, La. – One person was seriously injured after a boating accident in Natchitoches on Saturday. It happened just after 6-30 p.m., on the Cane River Lake. According to authorities, there were two people on the boat at the time. The other person was treated by paramedics for minor injuries. The boating accident will be investigated by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents. Cane River Waterway Commission has been notified of the accident.
Fight at The Border
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports an altercation that occurred at “The Border” lounge in the City of Zwolle early Saturday morning, December 3, 2022. At approximately 1AM Saturday morning, a fight occurred between several subjects inside the bar, then it moved outside. Zwolle Police Officers and Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies responded. Officers determined Bobby Parrie Jr, Dustin Cartinez, and Payton Lindsey were involved in the fight. Parrie Jr was seriously injured in this altercation, and he was later taken to a Shreveport hospital, where he remains at this time. The Zwolle Police Department is the investigating agency in this case. More arrests and charges are pending at this time. Cartinez is a commissioned, volunteer Reserve Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, who was not on duty at the time of the incident. Cartinez has assisted with several drownings on Toledo Bend Lake using his marine vessel. Cartinez was a full-time correctional officer under a former Sheriff’s administration. Dustin Dewitt Cartinez (age-39) of Many was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Second Degree Battery. Payton E Lindsey (age-24) of Zwolle was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail for Second Degree Battery. Cartinez and Lindsey’s bonds were set at $8000 each by the 11th Judicial District Court and they both bonded. Sheriff Mitchell said Cartinez’s status as a commissioned Reserve Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office has been suspended. Sheriff Mitchell asked everyone to pray for Mr Parrie Jr’s speedy recovery.
Missing Texas girl Athena Strand abducted and killed by Fed Ex driver, sheriff says
WISE COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) – Authorities on Friday evening found the body of Athena Strand, 7, a missing Texas girl now known to have been abducted and murdered by a Fed Ex driver, said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. The suspect, identified by the sheriff as Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, of Lake Worth, Texas, allegedly confessed and is now in custody on capital murder and aggravated kidnapping charges. Horner’s bond was set at $1.5 million. “It’s one of the toughest investigations I’ve been involved in because it’s a child, and anytime it involves a child who died, it shatters your heart,” said Akin. Athena was last seen at her father’s home on County Road 3573 in Paradise, Texas at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Sheriff Akin said investigators knew early on in the investigation that a Fed Ex driver made a delivery in front of Athena’s home at about the same time she disappeared. The evening of Friday, Dec. 2, investigators searching for Strand taped off a car on County road 4599 at Texas 114 in Boyd, Texas, about seven miles from where Athena was last seen. The sheriff announced shortly after 10 p.m. that the girl’s body had been found. Investigators said they obtained evidence indicating Horner abducted the girl near the gate of her home’s driveway, which is about 200 yards, or the length of two football fields, from the residence itself. “We think Athena died about an hour after” she was abducted, the sheriff said. Police did not share information on a possible motive but did say Horner did not know Athena or her family. Investigators said “digital evidence” and the cooperation of Fed Ex led authorities to the suspect. This is a developing story.
Amber Alert issued for North Texas 7-year-old girl
PARADISE, Texas (KLTV) – An Amber Alert has been issued for a North Texas girl. According to the DPS Amber Alert, 7-year-old Athena Strand was last seen at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the 200 block of County Road 3573 near the town of Paradise, TX. Paradise is a town northwest of Fort Worth. The alert said she was last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt with white flowers, blue jeans with white flowers on the pockets, and brown boots. She has pierced ears but no earrings and two red birthmarks on lower back. If you have any information, you are urged to call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971or call local law enforcement.