Around East Texas

Tax Time

The countdown to the Federal income Tax filing deadline has begun. Since April 15th falls on a Sunday this year and today (Monday) is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the nation's capital, the tax deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th. All 2006 Federal Tax Returns must be filed and any taxes owed must be paid by no later than April 17th. If you still need more time to get your taxes done, you can also file an extension.

Bass Classic Tourney

Thousands of people went out to enjoy the Toyota Bass Classic Tournament which ended Sunday at Lake Fork in Wood County. Music, food, games and fellowship made the fishing tournament a great family event. Terry Scroggins, Frank Ippolito, Chris Daves and James Neggemeyer of Van are this year's winners of the inaugural Toyota Texas Bass Classic. They brought in over 235 pounds of fish. Alto Jones of Waco and his team led the tournament for a day and a half but fell to second place.

Child Found Dead

A man confesses to sexually assaulting and killing an East Texas child. It happened Sunday morning in the Panola County town of Carthage. Police say 27-year-old Rogerio Garcia has confessed to sexually assaulting and strangling the little boy. City residents have built a make shift memorial for little Joey Zhang-Liu. His family owned a Chinese restaurant in Carthage where residents say the boy was always glad to greet customers. Police say the suspect lived with and worked for the fmaily in their Chinese restaurant. Investigators say the victim had a broken arm, contusions around his throat and apparently was sexually molested. The boy, who was found in his bedroom, was declared dead at a hospital.

Missing Boater

A 21 year old man is missing and presumed drowned after jumping into Lake Wright Patman in Bowie county. Crews searched the lake after reports say Dustin Otis of Hughes Springs went in the water to save his dog, Flash. Searchers found Otis' shoes and recovered Flash's body. The search for Otis is expected to resume this morning (Monday).

Deputy Behind Bars

A Gregg county deputy is in jail on sexual assault charges. Thirty-seven year old Carl Haskell of Hallsville was arraigned in Harrison County this past weekend on charges of sexual assualt of a child. A victim identified Haskell as her repeated sexual abuser over a ten year period. The incident was not connected to his job. Haskell remains in the Harrison county jail on $200 thousand bond.

Gas Well Leak?

Investigators are still looking into what caused a gas well leak in East Texas. It was quite a scare for residents north of Longview. It happened just before 7:00 am Sunday at a well site on Fuller road, just north of F-M 1844. Fire officials were alerted to a visible leak at the gas well. The leak did not threaten any homes in the area and no one was evacuated while crews assessed the danger. A well official was called in to turn a valve and stop the leak.

Downtown Hoedown

People from all over East Texas showed up Saturday for the annual Downtown Hoedown. Despite the cooler temperatures, the event was a big hit. Organizers say plenty of money has been raised to improve downtown Lufkin. All the proceeds go to the Lufkin Main Street program. Families enjoyed singing, dancing, plenty of food and fun. KTRE-TV sponsored the big slide again. It was a popular among the downtown visitors.

Heart Walk

Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans, which is why the American Heart Association holds its annual Heartwalk. This year's event was held on Saturday in downtown Lufkin to raise money and increase awareness. The Heartwalk began at Jennings Station and organizers say the turnout was great. More than $35-thousand was raised to help fight heart disease. People form all over East Texas participated in the event.

Americana Festival

Downtown Nacogdoches was the place to be this past weekend for a wide array of music. The Americana Festival was a perfect setting for music lovers. Country, jazz, bluegrass, gospel and rock are just some of the styles heard. There was also an art gallery, workshops and fun for the youngsters. Organizers say the event which is coming back after a year long absence was very successful despite the cool weather.