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  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Bringing Home the Browns
    66 votes
    Toddler found dead in septic tank
    38 votes
    Kimberly Cargill sent to death row
    11 votes
    Boy sets up lemonade stand to raise money for father's cancer treatments
    23 votes
    Earthquakes rattle East Texas
    10 votes
    Johnny Manziel brings home the Heisman
    17 votes
    Retired East Texas dentist says, 'I killed my wife'
    5 votes
    Lucas Calvert, sister to be reunited with stepdad
    4 votes
    Bernie Tiede opens up about jailhouse visit with actor Jack Black
    2 votes
    Alcohol propositions pass 2-to-1
    27 votes

A Year in Review: Top Stories of 2012


As 2012 comes to a close and we get set to ring in 2013, we took some time to look back over the events of last year. 2012 was a big year for East Texas and we put together a list of the most talked-about stories of the year on KLTV.com.

1. Bringing Home the Browns

A Gladewater family has made their way into the hearts of people, not only in East Texas, but also around the world.

When Heather Brown suffered a brain aneurysm while 34 weeks pregnant, doctors were forced to deliver her baby via C-section. Her husband, Sean, who was serving in Afghanistan, flew back to the United States to be with his wife and their newborn baby, John. Heather has been in a coma since the middle of September.

The Browns' story went viral, spreading across the globe. Their Facebook page, "Bringing Home the Browns," has over one million likes from across the world. The page is updated regularly with updates on baby John as well as Heather's condition.

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2. Toddler found dead in septic tank

Next on our list is the heartbreaking story of 2-year-old Jake Kimbley, who was found dead in a septic tank after going missing 12 hours earlier. Kimbley's five siblings were removed from their parents' custody by Child Protective Services later in the day.

Jake's parents, David and Sabrina Kimbley, are being held in jail on 13 counts of child endangerment related to the condition of their home.

Autopsy results have still not been released in Jake's death and the case is still under investigation.

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3. Kimberly Cargill sent to death row

A story that started back in 2010 when Kimberly Cargill was accused of killing her mentally disabled babysitter finally came to an end this year after Cargill was sent to death row for the murder of Cherry Walker.

Cargill was arrested in July 2010, more than a month after Cherry Walker's body was found burned and abandoned along a Smith County road. Walker had been subpoenaed to testify against Cargill in a child abuse hearing.

During Cargill's murder trial, which lasted more than a week, many of her own family members took the stand to testify against her.

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4. Boy sets up lemonade stand to raise money for father's cancer treatments

One of the most heartwarming stories of 2012 would have to be Drew Cox's mission to help his dad fight cancer.

On a Sunday afternoon in April, Drew was feeling sad about his dad's fight with cancer, so the 6-year-old Gladewater boy set up a lemonade stand to help pay for his dad's cancer treatments. Drew's father, 30-year-old Randy Cox, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in February of 2012.

After all was said and done, Drew helped raise nearly $50,000 to put towards his father's treatments. Now, Drew's family says they plan to have a lemonade stand every year to donate to people battling cancer.

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5. Earthquakes rattle East Texas

And for the shake, rattle and roll story of 2012: many East Texans were awakened early one May morning by windows rattling and beds shaking when a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck about three miles east of the city of Timpson.

The earthquake struck around 3:12 a.m., and a short time later, KLTV 7 was barraged with questions and concerns about what ended up being the third biggest earthquake to his East Texas.

There was some minor damage reported, but no one was seriously injured in the quake.

There were four earthquakes in the Timpson area in the month of May, and a total of six for the year.

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6. Johnny Manziel brings home the Heisman

Texas A&M quarterback and Tyler-native Johnny Manziel had quite a freshman year. First, he led the Aggies to a stunning upset of #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Manziel then went on to win the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman to ever win the award.

"Johnny Football" dazzled spectators and dizzied defenses with his scrambling ability and backed that up with his ability to throw from the pocket and on the run.

Manziel and the #9 Aggies face off against former Big 12 rival #11 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl on January 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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7.  Retired East Texas dentist says, 'I killed my wife'

A retired Tyler dentist was indicted in July for his wife's murder. According to police, Bobby Nichols, 75, shot and killed his wife, 71-year-old Rosiland. After the shooting, Dr. Nichols called 911 and told dispatchers that he had shot his wife.

Nichols is still awaiting trial, which was originally scheduled for November 26. He was released on bond in July.

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8.  Lucas Calvert, sister reunited with stepdad

On Halloween afternoon shots rang out, and the unimaginable began to unfold in a quiet Tyler neighborhood.  A woman, Jelena Radovanovic Sriraman was shot and killed at her home by her ex husband, James Calvert.  Calvert then took their 5-year-old son and fled the scene of the murder.

After hours of searching , James Calvert was apprehended and the young boy, Lucas Calvert was also found safe in Monroe, Louisiana late that same night.

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9.  Bernie Tiede opens up about jailhouse visit with actor Jack Black

The story about East Texas mortician Bernie Tiede and the elderly woman he cared for and eventually murdered premiered as a movie in March. The film was shot in Carthage, where the story takes place.

The movie tells the story of Carthage resident Marjorie Nugent, who disappeared for nine months. No one seemed to care until the Tiede was charged for her murder.

Tiede met Jack Black, who portrayed him onscreen, and Shirley MacClain, when they came to learn more about the story.

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10.  Alcohol propositions pass 2-to-1

In November 2012, the City of Tyler and Smith County Precinct 2 passed four propositions to allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption in Tyler. The propositions passed almost 2-to-1.  Soon after, applications began coming in from local businesses applying for their alcohol sale permits.

On December 28, the first beer and wine sales in the city began, as stores across the city began receiving inventory from distributors.

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