Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12-17-09


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Police are looking for three suspects who robbed several people at gun-point in a south Tyler apartment. They say the suspects got away with televisions, computer equipment, and video-game consoles.

An East Texas family is offering its thanks this morning to the police officers who used their own money to buy Christmas presents after theirs were stolen out from under their tree.

A ten-year-old boy who was missing for several hours Wednesday afternoon is home safe this morning.

And some crooks are caught on tape trying to use stolen credit cards to purchase items at an East Texas store. Police hope the surveillance video will help them track down the suspects.  


An area of low pressure continues to develop in the northwestern Gulf bringing clouds across the area today.  The lower levels of the atmosphere are fairly dry so most areas will remain dry today however, we could see an isolated shower or two across our southern counties.  High temperatures will struggle to reach the lower 50s this afternoon.  We will see breaks in the clouds tonight allowing for temperatures to drop into the upper 30s to around 40 degrees.  Friday is looking pretty nice with partly sunny skies and highs around 60.


Robbers terrorize East Texas apartment

Tyler Police are looking for 3 men who reportedly robbed several people at an apartment complex. 

East Texans share their Oral Roberts history

"Something good is going to happen to you." Rev. Jerry Phelps, pastor of Tyler Metro Church, remembered Roberts saying those words over and over.

"When he said that, he always sparkled," said Phelps.

Grinch strikes, East Texans rescue family's Christmas

The anticipation of Christmas morning was cut short this week when burglars turned an East Texas family's home into their personal store.


COPENHAGEN (AP) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he believes leaders at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen can still reach an agreement. But the meeting's Danish hosts are not so optimistic. One official says hope is running out, because negotiations between rich and poor countries are deadlocked.

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's chancellor is calling on the U.S. to cut back even more on emissions of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gasses. Before leaving for climate talks in Copenhagen, Angela Merkel told parliament the current U.S. offer of a 4 percent cut "is not ambitious enough."

MOSCOW (AP) - President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev  are unlikely to sign a new arms reduction treaty this week. That's the assessment of Russia's foreign minister. Sergey Lavrov blames U.S. negotiators for slowing their efforts in the past few days and is urging the U.S. to agree to deeper cuts.

CUERNAVACA, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities are claiming a major victory in their war against the country's drug cartels. The navy says two hundred sailors raided an upscale apartment complex in Cuernavaca, just south of Mexico City yesterday, and killed a man known as the "boss of bosses" in a two-hour gun battle.

LONDON (AP) - He's overweight, eats frequent snacks, smokes and lives a sedentary lifestyle unless he's engaging in dangerous sports like roof surfing and chimney jumping without a helmet. All-in-all, he's a reckless role model for impressionable children. That's one Australian public health expert's assessment of Santa Claus published today in the Christmas issue of the British medical journal BMJ.

DALLAS (AP) - Thirteen people who work for Dallas Water Utilities are suing over alleged ethnic discrimination and retaliation. The plaintiffs include black, Hispanic and Asian workers who say they've been verbally harassed and intimidated by racist graffiti on bathroom walls. The city denies any unlawful conduct.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Three brothers from Galveston and a Dickinson woman are charged with capital murder in the apparent drug-related shooting of a man at an east Texas motel. A Jasper County jail supervisor says the four were in custody without bond last night.

 PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - A preliminary autopsy shows a 7-week-old Port Arthur boy who was put near a humidifier and heater died of cardiopulmonary arrest. A justice of the peace says the infant suffered severe heat exposure and thermal burns. It's been ruled a homicide.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A correctional officer at an East Texas prison could be the fifth worker to lose her job over the escape of a sex offender who was being transferred. Cynthia Allen has been recommended for termination. Investigators say she made phone calls to the man's wife at his request.