Good Morning East Texas Headlines 11-30-09


Coming up today on Good Morning East Texas: Tyler police are looking for a man who robbed two men at gun point.  Officers say the victims were walking in the 1100 block of S. Robertson Avenue Sunday night when they were approached by a man with a gun who stole their cell phones.  

Nacogdoches police are still looking for the men who robbed a family at gun- point Friday night.  Police say the men forced their way into an apartment at 200 Beall St. and ransacked the apartment, looking for money.   

After spending months in Afghanistan, a U.S. Marine is home to spend time with his family during the holidays. Lance corporal Taylor Bennefield made it back just in time for a late Thanksgiving celebration.


Cold weather is on the way this week.  Today will be partly cloudy this afternoon with highs reaching the middle to upper 50s across East Texas.  A cold rain is on the way for Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures struggling to reach the upper 40s both days.  Our first area wide freeze looks to occur on Thursday morning as many areas of East Texas will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s.


Tatum Marine home from Afghanistan

For the Bennefield family, Thanksgiving was not complete until one member of their family was home. Tatum native 21 year old Marine Lance Corporal Taylor Bennefield has been on the front lines in Afghanistan for seven months.

Douglass tree farm open for the holidays

Thousands of Christmas trees cover the Gardiner's backyard. For Sydney Gardiner and her younger brother, the tree farm is a perfect place for hide-and-go-seek.

Wood County homicide

There is some new information on a double homicide in Wood County. The Sheriff's Department has not released the names of the victims or the suspect, but believe it is a case of domestic violence.


SEATTLE (AP) - Gunshots have been heard in a Seattle neighborhood where police searching for the killer of four officers are trying to prod a man believed holed up in a house to come out. Maurice Clemmons is described as a person of interest in the killings of the officers from Lakewood, near Tacoma.

WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Public relations experts say Tiger Woods isn't likely to get the privacy he wants following a car accident Friday near his Florida home. One expert says the statement on Woods' Website leaves many questions unanswered as rumors swirl. Woods says he and his family "deserve some privacy" regarding incident.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has a full plate of important issues this week. The big one is seen as his announcement at West Point tomorrow of a new policy on Afghanistan, expected to include more troops. Senate begins debate today on the health care bill and there's a White House jobs summit coming up.

 WASHINGTON (AP) - The battle against the unrelenting foreclosure crisis opens an expanded front today. The Obama administration plans to announce an expanded program that seeks to step up pressure on mortgage companies to do more to help people remain in their homes.

 NEW YORK (AP) - It's the Internet's turn today to try to cash in big during the opening of the holiday shopping season. Brick and mortar retailers saw a slight bump up over the weekend and online sales were up around 11 percent ahead of Cyber Monday. The key to it all is whether deals will bring in the shoppers all season.

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Baylor University spokeswoman says there's no truth to fliers warning nearby residents that their Waco homes will be seized to make way for a new football stadium. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that pranksters apparently distributed more than 200 of the fliers.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police have arrested a man suspected of trying to kill himself and his wife in their home. Jerry Contreras and his wife, April, were treated for gunshot wounds. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail with a $50,000 bond.

   PEARLAND, Texas (AP) - A freshman football player from the University of Texas has been charged on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and having of a controlled substance. Pearland police say Marcus Davis was arrested early Saturday. He's been released on bond.