CRIME & SAFETY
Cherokee County Authorities Seize 145 Grams of Meth and Firearms, Leading to 3 Arrests
Dive into this gripping report as three individuals face arrest in Cherokee County following a significant drug bust. Discover how 145 grams of meth and several firearms were seized, leading to a federal grand jury indictment. Stay tuned for the full story on FOX51 News.
Jacksonville Water Department Shares Tips to Avoid Scams
Beware, Jacksonville residents! Scammers are posing as the Jacksonville Water Department, threatening unsuspecting victims. Stay safe and learn how to avoid falling prey to these fraudsters with essential tips shared in this video. Don't let them fool you!
Three individuals apprehended in relation to multiple burglaries targeting Rusk establishments
Catch the latest update on the recent Rusk business burglaries. An 18-year-old and two juveniles have been apprehended in connection to the Monday night incidents. Tune in to KETK News Live at 5:00 PM for the full story.
Toddler Drowns In Family Pond
A 14-month-old boy has drowned in a pond on his family’s property in Cherokee County. Deputies responded to a residence in the Mount Selman area and found the child receiving CPR from a family member. EMS took the child to a Jacksonville hospital and then to Children’s Hospital in Dallas, where he died..
1 man, 2 juveniles accused of stealing from 3 East Texas businesses arrested
RUSK, Texas — An 18-year-old man and two juveniles accused of stealing from three local businesses in Rusk were arrested Wednesday night. After receiving numerous tips from the public, the Rusk Police Department announced the arrest of two male juveniles and an 18-year-old man for accusations of committing burglaries at La Chara’s restaurant and the two vape shops.
Police: Incident that caused lockdown at all Rusk ISD campuses on lockdown deemed 'hoax'
RUSK, Texas — Rusk ISD says the information initially received about a suicidal person coming toward the high school with a gun came from a hoax call to Rusk City Hall. In a statement on Facebook, Superintendent Grey Burton said the information came from a person calling city hall saying there was an armed person going toward Rusk High School.
6 East Texas men indicted for soliciting someone under 18 after undercover sting arrests
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Six East Texas men were indicted in Smith County last month for soliciting someone under 18. The men had all been arrested in January as part of an undercover sting, where according to their affidavits, the men messaged who they thought was a 17-year-old named “Sarah” but was in reality a […]
UPDATE: 3 arrested in connection to burglaries of several Rusk businesses
UPDATE: An 18-year-old and two juveniles have been arrested in connection to the Monday night burglaries of several businesses in Rusk, according to the Rusk Police Department. Police said a significant amount of physical evidence was recovered as stolen property from La Chara’s restaurant and the two Vape Shops. “Rusk Officers were assisted by detectives […]
Missing 11-year-old East Texas girl found safe
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas — A girl who went missing in Cherokee County Friday night has been found safe. . According to Cherokee County Sheriff Brent Dickson, the 11-year-old girl initially went missing in the Elm Grove area just outside of Rusk on County Road 1309, just off of Highway 110.
Jacksonville police issue traffic alert from 11AM-12PM due to former chief deputy's funeral procession
JACKSONVILLE, Texas — Jacksonville police say traffic may be affected this afternoon due to a funeral procession. According to police, traffic may be interrupted between 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Jackson St. due to the funeral procession of former Cherokee County Chief Deputy David Womack. The funeral is...
Honoring their own: Retired chief deputy laid to rest while surrounded by law enforcement, loved ones
JACKSONVILLE — Several East Texas law enforcement agencies gathered on Tuesday to honor one of their own. Retired Chief Deputy David Womack was laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetery in Jacksonville with a full law enforcement procession and funeral. David Womack was born on July 3, 1957, to David...
Texas Court Upholds Conviction and Life Sentence for 2018 Capital Murder
JACKSONVILLE, TX — In a recent decision, the Texas 12th Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and life sentence of Jacolbe Rashad Kirby. Kirby had been tried in the 369th Judicial District Court in Cherokee County, and the appellate court ruled that his appeal did not raise any arguable issues, affirming that there was no error by the lower court, according to court documents.