KETR Local
6:07 am
Wed February 10, 2010

ATF sets up hotline in wake of recent church fires


– The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has set up a hotline for tips on who's responsible for a string of Texas church fires ruled arson.

The federal agency on Tuesday announced people wanting to offer information can call: 888-ATF-FIRE.

The Texas Department of Public Safety also said arson tip calls would be answered at 903-675-0061, or 0062. DPS says a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the arsonist.

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KETR Local
2:53 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

DPS increases reward in arson cases


– Authorities have increased a reward for information into a string of church fires in Texas.

At least eight churches, seven in east and one in central Texas have occurred since January 1. All eight have been ruled arson. The DPS is now offering $25,000 on the identity of the arsonist.

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KETR Local
1:33 pm
Tue February 9, 2010

Court hearing set regarding health of animals


Fannin County – A Fannin County woman is to appear in court Thursday on allegations of animal mistreatment.

In August, Ector resident Kim Dotson had dozens of horses and donkeys seized from her property and turned over to the Humane Society.

Dotson was allowed to keep six healthy horses but supposed to keep them in good condition. But last week, Bells Police found two of those horses in worse condition - thin and emaciated - and seized those as well.

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KETR Local
9:18 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Wills Point church fire believed arson


Wills Point – Fires have struck two rural churches near Tyler; just hours after investigators concluded that a seventh east Texas church fire last week was caused by arson.

Multiple fire departments responded to both fires and were working late into the night to douse the flames.

On Monday, ATF spokesman Tom Crowley said last Thursday's fire that destroyed the Russell Memorial United Methodist Church sanctuary in Wills Point was deliberately set.

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KETR Local
7:07 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Dozen of livestock killed in Tom Bean fire


Tom Bean – Several dozen head of livestock were killed over the weekend after a fire destroyed a building that served the Tom Bean FFA program.

About 24 pigs are said to have perished in the blaze. Students at Tom Bean High School had been caring for the animals for several months since they received them as piglets. About 100 students are said to take part in the high school's program.

The cause of the fire is sought, although initial reports indicate it was electrical.

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KETR Local
6:39 am
Tue February 9, 2010

Trial for Royse City man delayed


Royse City – Trial has been postponed for a Royse City-area man, charged in a 2007 shootout with law enforcement officers.

Jury selection was set for Monday for Johnny Joe Webb, who has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant.

Both the prosecution and defense indicated they were ready to proceed and prosecutors had issued approximately 40 subpoenas for witnesses to testify in the trial.

The case is now set for a review of mental health on April 6.

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KETR Local
1:00 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

Library honored for second straight year


Greenville – For the second consecutive year, Greenville's W. Walworth Harrison Library has received the 2009 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award.

The honor comes from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. Of the more than 500 public libraries in Texas, only 27 received this award.

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KETR Local
12:35 pm
Mon February 8, 2010

Evidentiary hearing set in Lamar County murder case


Paris – A Lamar County judge has ordered an evidentiary hearing in the case of Danny Holloway, who was convicted in the death of a Paris woman.

Holloway has served seven years in connection to the stabbing death of Ashley Lee, which occurred during a fight outside a club in 2001.

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KETR Local
9:25 am
Mon February 8, 2010

Accident near Cooper kills one


Cooper – A Cooper resident was killed yesterday after wrecking his vehicle along FM 1880.

17-year-old Travis Michael Rushing reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and hit a tree.

He later died from his injuries at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in Sulphur Springs. Rushing's body has been sent for an autopsy.

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KETR Local
8:14 am
Mon February 8, 2010

Body of missing man believed found in Titus County


Titus County – Authorities in Titus County believe they've found the body of a man who was reported missing January 4.

Investigators say clothes on the body matched those that 41 year old Ryan Wayne Cannon was wearing the night he disappeared.

The body has been sent for an autopsy to determine a positive identification and the cause of death.

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