CRIME & SAFETY
Two dead, others injured after crash in Cuney
CUNEY – Cherokee County Justice of the Peace Rodney Wallace has confirmed to our news partners at KETK that two people died and several others were injured in a crash on Highway 175 in Cuney on Friday night. The crash was a head on collision between two vehicles that caused a third vehicle to go airborne and roll. The two who died in the crash were a 70-year-old man and a 28-year-old-man. Both men were declared dead at the scene by Wallace. Several others, including an infant, were reportedly injured in the crash and had to be taken to hospitals in Tyler and Jacksonville.
Man Survives Shooting While Driving on NNW Loop 323 in Tyler, Refuses to Press Charges
A driver on NNW Loop 323 in Tyler, Texas, managed to call 911 after being shot on Friday afternoon. Despite being in good condition, the victim has refused to press charges or provide any further information about the incident, according to Tyler Police PIO Andy Erbaugh.
Two Women Killed In Tyler Accident
If you report the news long enough a story will hit close to home. Two women were killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon around 3:00 that involved an 18-wheeler. It occurred near Tyler’s Northeast Loop 323 and American Legion Road. The two ladies killed were my ex-sisters-in-law, the aunts of my son Chad and daughter Cody, and the sisters of my ex-wife Anita. Barbara, Linda, may God be with you.
Texas Man Sentenced To Over 10 Years In Prison For Stolen Valor Scam
We have an update to a story we told you about back last year where a Tyler man was indicted on federal charges that he pretended to be a military war hero to scam money out of investors. Derek Hamm, 39, pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud, money laundering,...
Weekly Safety Report: Fatal Wreck, Arrest in Cold Cases, and Apartment Fire Impact Tyler
This week in Tyler, Texas, there were three incidents that impacted the safety of the community. These incidents include a fatal wreck on Loop 323 involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle, an arrest made in two nearly 20-year-old rape cases based on DNA evidence, and a late-night apartment fire that damaged a unit and displaced a family.
TxDOT Tyler district warns of drunk driving with simulation
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – According to the TxDOT Tyler District, 73 DUI-related crashes happened during the 2022 holiday season resulting in 3 fatalities and 24 serious injuries. Public Information Officer Jeff Williford said it’s important to share the message of not drinking and driving, and how DUI-related crashes are preventable. “The number one contributing factor here in […]
Fatal crash on Smith County toll road claims one life, injures another
TYLER, Texas — A fatal car crash in Smith County claimed the life of one woman and left a teenager injured on Dec. 2, 2023. The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that the accident occurred at 11:50 a.m. on Toll Road 49, west of County Road 178, also known as Old Jacksonville Highway. The collision involved two vehicles, a 2005 Mazda Tribute and a 2022 Toyota Rav4.
East Texas man sentenced to prison for driving while intoxicated, injuring man and pregnant wife
UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — A man was sentenced to prison after injuring a man and pregnant woman in a drunk driving crash. According to a release, Rodney Seahorn, 48, left a residence in White Oak and traveled North toward Gilmer in early April. He allegedly entered the intersection of FM 1844 illegally and in […]
1 dead, 4 injured in 3-truck crash on State Highway 31
SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A three-truck crash on Highway 31 on Monday Dec. 4 in the afternoon left one dead and four injured. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, an Isuzu truck was travelling west on State Highway 31 East. Officials said the Isuzu truck “failed to drive in a single lane” […]
Trooper Testifies on Intoxication and Behavior of Dallas Man Accused of Killing Smith County Deputy
A Texas trooper testifies about the sobriety and demeanor of a Dallas-area man, Daniel Nyabuto, accused of striking and killing Smith County Deputy Lorenzo Bustos. Body cam footage reveals Nyabuto's alleged intoxication and nonchalant response when informed about the fatal incident. Nyabuto has pleaded not guilty to intoxication manslaughter charges.
SCAM ALERT: Jacksonville PD warns of cash app scam
JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – The Jacksonville Police Department is warning the public of a scam where people are asked to send money through cash apps to keep them from being arrested for warrants. Officials said these scammers will identify themselves with names of actual Jacksonville PD employees. Jacksonville PD said that they will never call […]
Lufkin Man Recovering in Tyler Hospital After Being Struck by Car
A Lufkin man, identified as Robert "Red" Green, 64, is currently undergoing recovery at a Tyler hospital after being struck by a car on Tuesday night. The incident took place around 8:50 p.m. in the 600 block of West Frank Avenue. Green was airlifted to UT Health – Tyler following...
Local firefighter captain receives Firefighter of the Year award
FLINT, Texas — Smith County Volunteer Firefighter Association delivered an honorary mention to one of its firefighters on Sunday morning. Flint-Gresham Fire Department Captain, Hunter Rath, was recently awarded Firefighter of the Year for the Smith County Volunteer Firefighter Association. For more information on the Flint-Gresham Fire Department, visit...
Smith County Sheriff: Shooting Near East Texas Lake Ruled An Accident
Accidental shootings in Texas remain a pressing concern, reflecting the complex interplay of firearm accessibility and safety education. Despite gun laws, incidents arise due to a combination of factors, including inadequate storage practices, insufficient training, and occasional lapses in responsible gun ownership. The Smith County Sheriff's Office was investigating a...
Trial Commences for Man Accused of Killing Smith County Deputy in Drunk Driving Incident
The trial begins for Daniel Nauto, accused of drunk driving and killing Smith County Deputy Lorenzo Buos in 2022. The community has shown immense support for the deputy's family, with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation paying off their mortgage and locals organizing benefit events.
No charges in local Christmas parade incident
WHITEHOUSE, Texas – In an updated provided by our news partner KETK, Whitehouse Police have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to charge anyone involved in the throwing of alcohol during the city’s Christmas parade. In a statement, Chief Paul Robeson said they were unable to find evidence that the driver of the vehicle was under the notion that the 3 and 4 year old children in the back seat has thrown out a small-sized bottle of alcohol during the festivities. To find Robeson’s full statement, KETK has provided it here.
Crews responding to wreck on Highway 271, FM 2015 in Smith County
SMITH COUNTY, Texas — Crews are working to a wreck in Smith County Tuesday evening. According to the Tyler Police Department, the crash happened around 6:20 p.m. on Highway 271 and FM 2015, just outside of Tyler. CBS19 will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
Constable Urges Gun Safety Measures in Rural Areas Following Near Tragic Incident
A Smith County constable emphasizes the importance of gun safety in rural areas following a near-tragic incident. The video highlights the need for a solid backstop when shooting and the potential legal consequences of reckless shooting. It also stresses the importance of proper firearm training.
Smith County constable emphasizes need for gun safety in rural areas
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County Pct. 4 Constable Josh Joplin is spreading awareness about gun safety in the county after a recent shooting incident. It happened late November in the Chapel Hill area when a resident living outside the city limits noticed something in his backyard. A stray bullet had hit the playset, leaving a visible hole.
1 in custody, Cherokee County officials looking for another in search for armed men
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — One person is in custody in connection to a Monday night theft and shooting while officials continue to search for a second person. According to a release, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Tuesday of a burglary where guns and a vehicle were taken from the property. […]