Around East Texas 05/31/07

Body of Missing Man Found

The search for a Houston county man is over. Fifty-four year old Harold Sissom was found dead last night (Wednesday). He had been missing since leaving for work near Crockett last Thursday morning. Wednesday members of Texas Equu-Search had been helping his friends and fmaily members look for Sissom. Crews searched on foot, on four wheeler and on horseback. Houston county authorities have said little about the investigation, but say they will be releasing more information about the discovery today.

Robbery Suspect

A suspect is on the loose this morning after an East Texas business is robbed at gunpoint. POlice say around 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the robber pulled a gun on a clerk at the Dollar General sotr eon Highway 69 in Bullard. He fled with an undetermined amount of cash. The robber is described as a white make, about 5'6", wearing a black button up shirt, baseball cap and sunglasses. He was last seen driving a blue Chevy Tahoe.

Teacher Charged with Sexual Misconduct

A former East Texas teacher is facing 23 charges of various degrees of sexual misconduct. Her alleged encounters with a 14-year old boy are suspected to be consensual, but that would still make them against the law. After turning herself in Wednesday, 26-year old Janet Galleger Parker was booked into the Shelby county jail. Investigators say there is strong evidence against the computer science teacher. It begins with what was found on a cell phone confiscasted at Center Middle school from the boy authorities believe she had an inappropriate relationship with. Parker worked at center Middle school for one year. Prior to that she taught at Martinsville schools in Nacogdoches county. No school computers were searched by authorities, but the Center school superintendent said Wednesday no damaging data has been discovered. In addition, investigators say the inappropriate photographs were not distributed on the web.

Online Soliciation Trial

An East texas man has been convicted of soliciting minors by using the internet. Forty-eight year old Byron Brier of Lufkin has been found guility of online solicitation of a minor. Brier was discovered using a computer at the Lufkin Public library to access photos of young boys last year. Testimony in the trial revealed the he would then solicit sexual favors. Brier will be sentenced after a pre-sentence investigation.

Storms Pound East Texas

Crews are working to restore power after heavy storms pound East Texas. In Tyler, heavy rains flooded the roads on Wednesday and a big tree even blocked one Tyler street. The storms are blamed on a deadly accident in Shelby county where a mini-van started hydroplaning out of control. An 18-wheeler, driven by 57-year old Jose Rodriquez of Houston, travelling on Highway 59 near the Attoyac River then hit the van. The truck driver says his truck hit the van head on then jackknifed and hit a tree. Two people in the van, 64-year old Tony Carter and 51-year old Rebecca Jones Carter of Humble, died at the scene. .

East Texas Soldier Killed

A soldier with East Texas ties has been killed in Iraq. Twenty-three year old Army Lieutenant Kile West was killed on Memorial Day while his crew was trying to rescue soldiers in a downed helicopter. West graduated form Stephen F. Austin State Unversity where he was a member of R-O-T-C and a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He was deployed to Iraq last fall. It's been a deadly month for our troops. Military officials report that at least 113 men and women have been killed this month. Karen Jones of Flint, says her son, Army Specialist Crayton Caswell was in a convoy, attacked by a roadside bomb last Friday. He survived the attack, but a good friend of his was killed. Jones says her son is coming home in the next few days to celebrate his 25th birthday. He will then go back to Iraq to complete his tour.

East Texas Police Officer No Billed

An East Texas police officer is no billed after a grand jury found he was justified in using deadly force. Just last month, the off-duty Marshall officer, Clint Guttirrez, shot a man at an apartment complex during an altercation. Guttirrez alleges the man tried to run over him. The man who was shot did not survive.

Cemetery Vandals

Flas are found burned and several tombs are de-faced by vandals on Memorial Day. Marshall police say on Monday, vandals struck at the Algoma Cemetery. Police say whoever is responsible will face felony criminal mischief charges. They encourage anyone with information on this crime to please contact Marshall police.

Former Councilwoman Charged with Assault

A former East Texas councilwoman is now facing assault charges. Karen Hailey, who was on the Longview city council until last year, was arrested Monday after police say she attacked her brother with a staple gun. She is out of jail on bond. Hailey, you may remember, declined to run for re-election after allegations in 2004, that she sent racially charged e-mails to fellow council members.

Federal Lawmakers Visit East Texas

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was in Lufkin Wednesday to receive an award from the Lufkin-Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. The Senator was presented with the annual Spirit of Enterprise award. That award is given to a member of the U-S House or Senate each year for their outstanding leadership and pro-business support. Meanwhile, Congressman Louis Gohmert spent part of his day in Nacogdoches. He was a guest for the Nacogdoches Rotary club and he addressed a variety of issues. Many people wanted to know his opinions about the rising cost of gasoline. Congressman Gohmert acknowledges that some experts believe building more oil refineries in the U-S would help bring gas prices down. but he does not think that will happen.

Taste of Nacogdoches

Among the most popular communitywide events is the Taste of Nacogdoches. Local restaurants owners will bring out their best entrees for you to sample tonight (Thursday). The event is at the Fredonia Hotel starting at seven o'clock. All the Heritage Festival events help raise money for the Nacogdoches Historical Foundation for preservation. Yesterday, thirteen princesses, their royal court, duchesses andmothers gathered for a brunch in downtown Nacogdoches to help kick off the first full day of the Nacogdoches Heritage Festival. The Junior Forum was their host. The coronation of the 2007 Heritage Festival Queen is on Saturday night.