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A mistrial was declared last week in a trial involving a Smith County Commissioner accused of assaulting an elderly woman inside of a Smith County church in 2017. Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton appeared in the 241st District Court inside the Smith County Courthouse Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 12-14, for her trail after having been indicted by a Smith County grand jury on two counts of Injury to an Elderly Individual last September. more
The primary election season is now in full swing across the State of Texas, as early voting began on Tuesday, Feb. 20. As an open primary state, any registered voter in Texas is allowed to take part in either the Democrat or Republican primary, but not in both. One’s vote in the primary does not obligate an individual to vote for any specific party or candidate during the general election. The State Republican Executive Committee approved placing 11 propositions on the March Republican primary ballot. more
Ted Kamel is looking to retake his former seat in the Texas House of Representatives, as he announced his campaign for State Representative District 6, against incumbent Rep. Matt Schaefer, last October. Kamel served in the role as District 6 representative for a total of four terms, from 1991 to 1999. During his time in the Texas House, he passed 50 bills, including expanding The University of Texas at Tyler to a four year university and creating the UT Tyler School of Engineering. more
Two men from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were arrested last week after an investigation by the Tyler Police Department led to the discovery of a credit card skimming device on a gasoline pump in the city of Bullard. more
Local dog lovers can now help a local animal shelter while interacting with several pets who will soon be adopted. The animal shelter is accepting applications from people who would like to volunteer to assist with cleaning duties, as well as photographing, washing, grooming and walking dogs available for adoption. The applications are available at the shelter, located at 322 E. Ferguson, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. more
On Thursday, Feb. 8, a Smith County Grand Jury returned indictments against a total of 25 individuals, with 19 of the indictments being for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, as well as five indictments for Theft and one indictment for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. During the morning of Thursday, Feb. 15, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies began executing arrest warrants related to the indictments in Smith, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties. more
Safety of students during the school day is a hot-button issue across the country, with reports of assaults and shootings in the news more often than many people care to see or hear. The Brook Hill School recently made strides to help educate students and families on how to stay safe in a number of environments, as the school hosted an all-female self-defense class event Monday, Jan. 29, inside the Kyle Lake Athletic Center. more
A continuance was recently granted by the judge in the trial of a Lindale woman who was indicted on two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter after allegedly having a blood alcohol count over the legal limit when she struck and killed two drivers on Toll 49 in April 2017. Judge Jack Skeen Jr. in the 241st District Court in Tyler granted a continuance in the trial of Jessica Lauren Vass, 35, of Lindale. With the continuance granted by the judge, the trial, which was previously scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 22, will now begin on Monday, Feb. 26. more
Jury selection was scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 12 in an assault case involving a member of the Smith County Commissioners Court. Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton was scheduled to appear in the 241st District Court inside the Smith County Courthouse Monday morning, with the trial slated to begin Tuesday, according to both lawyers in the case. more
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