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Athens High School athletic trainer saves the life of a fan at a baseball game

The Athens High School athletic trainer sprang into action Tuesday during the varsity baseball game when a fan went into cardiac arrest. It was the top of the fifth inning when Joe Boyd fell backwards from his seat in the stands, according to an Athens ISD news release. The school said Leigh Hines

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Palestine police arrest shooting suspect

The Palestine Police Department arrested the man they believe is responsible for a March 12 shooting. Frank Potts, 42, of Palestine was taken into custody shortly after midnight on Thursday when a patrol officer found him hiding in a ditch behind a convenience store after he fled from police and cr

TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH - 2018-03-23 13:11:00

Athens man pleads guilty to unlawful possession of ricin

A 19-year-old Athens, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of ricin in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers today. Abel Keith Fulton pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. Magistr


Tyler man found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, sexual assaulting a woman

A Smith County jury deliberated for about 10 minutes Thursday and returned a guilty verdict on a Tyler man for aggravated kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Tyler woman. Freddi Betancourt, 25, stood trial Wednesday and Thursday in the 7th District Court. Betancourt pleaded not guilty to aggravate

CBS19.TV - 2018-03-23 16:34:00

Texas teen made poison ricin from online supplies, officials said

A Texas man has admitted to possessing the poison ricing at his home in Athens, officials announced. Abel Fulton Abel Keith Fulton, 19, pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawful possession of ricin, a poison naturally found in castor beans, federal officials said. Fulton reportedly had ricin in his at

DALLAS NEWS - 2018-03-23 02:39:26

6 from Cherokee County pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking charges

Six men from Jacksonville pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to drug trafficking charges, including distributing drugs near a playground. The defendants are facing sentences ranging from five to 80 years in federal prison. Lenard Donnell Atkins, 31, pleaded guilty to possession with intent t

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East Texans fill T.B. Fountain Plaza for March for Our Lives event

Whitehouse High School students (from left to right) Alex Sherwood, Isabella Sherwood, Regan Hamill and Jarret Carnes hold signs at a March For Our Lives protest on Saturday, March 24. The protest aimed at gun law reform and was held in downtown Tyler at the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza. (Jessica T. P

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Van Zandt Co. alleged puppy mill animals awarded to SPCA of Texas

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas officially seized 71 dogs and puppies at an alleged puppy mill in Canton on Wednesday, March 14. 12 were originally reported by the SPCA of Texas, found deceased in a freezer inside the home, but has been updated to the official total of 11

CBS19.TV - 2018-03-24 00:34:00

Police get two-for-one during felony arrest

While investigating the whereabouts of a Palestine man with a felony on his record, Palestine Police officers found two local residents with active felony warrants. Both were arrested and are in Anderson County Jail. On March 20, acting on information concerning the whereabouts of Vincent Williams,


Athens teen pleads guilty to possession of ricin

Abel Fulton, a 19-year-old Athens man pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of ricin in East Texas on Monday. Information presented in court revealed that Fulton was in possession of ricin at his home in Athens from August to September 2016, and made it using supplies that he bought online. Ri


ETX man jumps from two-story balcony, flees deputies, later found in woman's backyard

A wanted Kilgore man faces a slew of new charges after deputies discovered him hiding under a bed at Smith County motel. Brandon ONeal Sheppard, 35, was arrested just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. The Smith County Sheriff's Office received a tip on a location of Sheppard shortly after midnight. Deputies r


Trial delayed for Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, man accused of killing Kayla Gomez-Orozco

The trial for Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, the man accused of killing 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco, likely won't take place until early next year. The defense made a motion to move the trial back to February because the DNA and trace evidence results will not be back from the Texas Department of Public


Tyler woman accused of setting car ablaze after beating it with pipe

An officer with the Tyler Fire Marshal's Office has arrested a woman accused of setting a fire to a vehicle on Roy Street on March 9. Travesa Danyet Shun Mallard, 31, is charged with second-degree arson. She was arrested on Friday and is being held on a $150,000 bond. According to an arrest affidavi


Controlled burn set for Tyler State Park

If you see smoke or flames at Tyler State Park this morning, don't be alarmed! The state park will be conducting an authorized burn today. The blaze is set to begin at 11 a.m. in the southeast portion of the park. An estimated 100 to 150 acres will be burned. The controlled flames will occur along f


Meeting on Giant Salvinia at Lake Athens planned for Wednesday

Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are scheduled to host a meeting next week to explain to residents who live around Lake Athens about strategies for preventing the spread and elimination of Giant Salvinia there. "A big part of our message during the presentation will be to clean


Gun with 30-round magazine, drugs and cash seized in Arlington traffic stop

A 21-year-old Mansfield man is in jail after police say they seized drugs, cash and a gun with a 30-round magazine in a traffic stop he was involved in Monday night in Arlington. Brian Xavier Williams was pulled over in the 900 block of West Sublett Road, Arlington police spokesman Christopher Cook


Portion of U.S. Highway 175 frontage road closed due to downed power line

KAUFMAN, Texas - A portion of the U.S. Highway 175 frontage road is closed in Kaufman after a delivery truck struck and pulled down a power line. A Pepsi delivery truck struck the power lines as it was turning onto the south, eastbound frontage road near La Pradera - causing a nearby utility pole to


One airlifted from Forney-area crash

FORNEY, Texas - One person was airlifted from a crash north of Forney on Sunday afternoon. A single-vehicle crash was reported just after 2 p.m. on Farm-to-Market (FM) 740 north of Travis Ranch Boulevard. A person was reportedly ejected from the vehicle and a Careflite medical helicopter was dispatc


Police make arrest after disturbance on Shiloh Road

Tyler police arrested one juvenile Friday night after responding to calls about a fight and gunshots fired. Police went to 2525 Shiloh Road after numerous call about a large fight at the location and at least four gunshots, according to a police department news release. As officers were en route, it


Athens man arrested following chase

From Staff Reports An Athens man remained in the Henderson County jail on Friday on $21,000 bond after being arrested on several charges. Bill Monday, 33, led deputies "on a chase through town Thursday," according to a press release. He "was believed to be in Athens with a large amount of illegal na