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05/01/07

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Pineland Murder

An arrest has been made in connection with a murder investigation in Pineland. The body of 48- year-old Sterling Wayne Martin of Pineland was found in his home Saturday night with a gunshot wound. Now, his half-brother Billy Joe Martin has been arrested and charged with his death. Billy Joe Martin is being held in the Sabine County jail. Sheriff's officials are also reviewing a piece of amateur video of the house where the body was found to see if it holds any evidence. The videotape was confiscasted from a witness who was attending a youth baseball game nearby.

Bizarre Wreck

A bizarre traffic accident in Lufkin Monday caused quite a reaction from passing motorists. Witnesses say a woman driving a jeep was headed south on Timberland Drive when she left the road and got stuck between a dumpster and a pick-up truck. The truck was parked in the parking lot of an auto repair shop.

Man Sentenced for Retaliation

An East Texas man has been sentenced to five years probation for threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend. Nester Gonzales pleaded guilty to retaliation. As part of his plea agreement, Gonzales must take anger management classes. Evidence shows Gozales beat up his girlfriend at a Lufkin restaurant back in 2005 and went to jail. He threatened to kill her when he got out.

Man Hospitalized for Mental Evaluation

A man who threatened to jump from a Lufkin bridge over the weekend is now in an East Texas mental hospital. The man was eventually "talked off" the bridge near Tulane and Loop 297 in Lufkin. His name is not being released. The reason he ended up on the bridge remains unclear

Police Car Chases

The Supreme Court has come down on the side of police officers involved in car chases that reach high rates of speed. The justices ruled officers are protected form lawsuits when a fleeing motorist is injured and they don't have to call off the chase; even when they reasonably expect there's a danger to other people.

Fire at Tyler Plant

An East Texas meat company goes up in flames overnight, destroying one of its' plants. The fire started around 10:30 Monday night in the south plant of Loggins Meat Company. The south plant, located on east Erwin in Tyler, is the company's smaller plant, employing about 20 people. It took eight fire trucks to get the balze under control. Fire investigators say the fire started in a refrigeration unit, which forced firefighters to be extra cautious. They say the units use ammonia, which can produce hazardous gases. Standing nearby, all that Loggins Meat Company President, Bobby Loggins, could do was watch.

Drowning Investigation

An autopsy has been ordered on a 14-year old East Texas boy who drowned on an area lake. Mineola police say Sunday night, four boys were swimming at a private pond. That's when 14-year old Kadarious Lamar McGill was pulled under by the undercurrent. A neighbor told East Texas News that after about fifteen minutes, a neighbor pulled McGill out of the water, tried to do C-P-R, but it was too late. Funeral arrangements for Kadarious McGill are pending.

Four year old Backed over

A four year old boy is killed over the weekend after being backed over by a pick-up truck. Police say on Friday night, the boy was in the parking lot at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Henderson. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The Henderson police department is investigating the incident. They say, so far, no tickets have been issued.

Nacogdoches Firefighter's Funeral

A longtime Nacogdoches firefighter is laid to rest. Captain Ed Ivy died after suffering a heart attack wihle trinaing in the Houston-area over the weekend. Ivy served on the Nacogdoches fire department for 33 years. Ivy's funeral is at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) in Nacogdoches at the Fredonia Hill Baptist Church.

Parole Review

Back in 2005, a 22-month old boy was found dead in a wooded area, south of Nacogdoches. A year later, his mother and her husband pleaded guilty to injury to a child. Amber McEntire and Darrell Yates III remain in prison serving a 15 year sentence for the death. But they could go free before the year is out. The couple is up for a parole review. Because Yates and McEntire were not convicted of murdering baby Harold Harris but rather injuring the child,t hey're eligible for parole much sooner. But Nacogdoches prosecutor Stephanie Stephens is already preparing her argument against the parole.

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