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03/28/07 - East Texas

News from around East Texas

Longview Apartment Fire

An East Texas man's apartment catches fire. The fire broke out at the Guthrie Creek apartment complex in Longview. Investigators say the blaze started in the kitchen because of unattended cooking. Fortunately, the fire was contained to just the one apartment and the resident was not home at the time. An upstairs neighbor actually discovered it. Carlton Fluellen witnessed the burning apartment saying, "...smelled something first and I went to the kitchen, seen smoke coming up from the cook stove, so I figured it might be a short coming from the stove so I went and cut off all the power, then kept smelling it so 9:35 I ran downstairs and looked at this apartment down here and seen the blinds melting, so I knew that apartment was on fire 9:41." Investigators say there were no injuries, but the fire did cause about five-thousand dollars worth of damages.

Marshall Flooding Clean-up

Workers from the city of Marshall and TX-DOT are out in full force trying to clean up from Tuesday's flooding. Crews are assessing the damage at area creeks. Wednesday, Highway 59 is covered in debris after being under four feet of water Tuesday. Marshall received about four inches of rain.

Tyler Manhunt

A daycare and the East Texas Christian Academy in Tyler were locked down for a while Wednesday afternoon as police were trying to track down a man to make an arrest. Officers were trying to serve a warrant on 30-year-old Terry Rogers at the Shiloh Pines Mobile Home Park along Shiloh Road. He was wanted for drug charges and a parole violation. But he took off running from officers. He was wearing a red shirt and dark jeans. Even search dogs couldn't find him after he ran into the woods.

Mother and Daughter arrested at College

An argument on the campus of Texas College leads to the arrest of a mother and daughter. Tyler police say 44 year old Judy Moore Smith of Dallas, a student's mother, got in an argument with several students, accusing them of picking on her daughter. When a security guard attempted to intervene, police say Smith grabbed an ice pick and cut the guard on the hand. Police arrested Smith, on aggravated assault charges. Her daughter, 18-year-old LaPrince Moore, is accused of interferring with her mother's arrest.

Chase reaches up to 130 MPH

A chase between officers and a suspect reported reached speeds up to 130 MPH and ended with a driver behind bars. Investigators say the chase started on Interstate 20 near Canton and went throughout northern Smith County. Finally, the suspect was arrested at County Road 471 and Highway 69 near Swan. D-P-S troopers say 37-year-old Joenell Rubin of New Orleans was arrested and charged with "evading arrest and detention, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle."

T-Y-C Abuse Scandal Update

There are new developments in the Youth Prison abuse scandal. The Texas Youth Commission board will be abolished and replaced with a new "Juvenile Prison Czar." The word came Wednesday. For the next several months, a state-appointed conservator will be acting as interim executive of juvenile prisons. He says he'll fire all prison workers with felony convictions. There have been numerous allegations of sexual abuse at youth prisons and investigation of wide-raning cover-up.

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