Around East Texas 06/26/07

East Texas Soldier Killed

An East Texas soldier was killed in Iraq over the weekend. The Department of Defense says 23-year old Sergeant Jimy Malone of Wills Point died during a roadside bombing. Three other soldiers from Ft. Hood also died in that blast including 24-year old First Lieutenant Daniel Riordan of St. Louis, 22-year old Sergeant Joel House of lee, Maine and 23-year old Sepcialist Derek Calhoun of oklahoma City. The bombing happened Saturday. The soldiers were with the First Calvary Division's Second Battalion, Eighth Calvary.

Firefighter Hurt

Three separate wrecks in Trinity County over the weekend sent close to a dozen people to area hospitals. Two of the crash victims are volunteer firefighters in Apple Springs. There were five automobiles involved in three separate wrecks all in the same location. Ten people were rushed to area hospitals, all because most of them were not driving at a safe speed in bad weather and now a young fireman is fighting for his life. Members of the Apple Springs Volunteer Fire Department wait anxiously for an update on Cary Allen. The 19-year old was critically hurt in a wreck Saturday after he had stopped to help the victims of an unrealted crash. Several cars hydroplaned on the wet road in Trinity County and one of them crashed into Cary and his twin brother brother. Cody Allen was treated and released. Both joined the department just eight months ago. State troopers wrote two citations. A teenager driver got a ticket for driving without a license. The teenager's moth also got a citation for letting an unlicensed minor operate a vehicle.

Shooting Suspect

police are looking for the person who robbed and shot a man. Tyler police tell us the victim was walking down Bellwood Road around 2 o'clock, when a suspect in a white car pulled up beside him and took his wallet, then shot him in the leg. The victim is now being treated at a local hospital and is reported to be in good condition.

Lake Naconiche Project

Planners for Lake Naconiche are working hard to get a lot accomplished during a funding phase that ends in late September. Nacogdoches County Commissioners received their bi-monthly update this week. They learned phase one of the public park is about two weeks behing schedule. The hiring of a contractor will go right up to the deadline. Contractor bids will go out in mid-September. A contractor should be on site by September 30th. The parks board meets later this week.

Nacogdoches County Courthouse

By the end of the week, visitors to the Nacogdoches County courthouse will be allowed through the new entrance on the northwest side. The two district courts should be ready to move in on July 27th. The county clerk's officer will be moved at that time, too. Motorists will soon notice that the access road to the courthouse will become one way off of West Main.

Northeast Texas Fatal Fire

A third child has died after a house fire in northeast Texas. It happened Monday morning in Bowie County, about 20 miles northeast of Mt. Pleasant. Eight people were inside at the time of the fire. The children, ages 6, 7 and 9, were killed. The State Fire Marshal is investigating for a cause.

Emergency Search and Rescue

Texas Governor Rick Perry has ordered emergency search and rescue teams on a high state of readiness after three people have died in recent storms. Monday's storms in East Texas have left hundreds of people without power overnight and into the early morning hours. As of now, Swepco is reporting to us that about fifteen customers are without power in Gregg County. Oncor says they finished their last weather repairs around six this morning. To help those people affected by the Texas flooding, you can call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Toddler Recovering from Dog Bite

An East Texas toddler is back at home today, less than a week after being attacked bya dog in her yard. We caught up with two year old jacie Konrad Monday who still has several scars on her head from last Wednesday's attack. Five dogs, including two of Jacie's pets have since been euthanized because none were vaccinated. The family says they have learned a lot from this experience and are urging people to be more responsible for their animals by getting their shots. With Smith County growing, local animal control officers say it is becoming much more difficult controlling and caring for strays. On Monday, Gayle Helms presented Smith County Commissioners with a three phase plan to expand the Humane Society's facility. The plan includes building a new animal intake center, impound kennel and animal control building. Helms also suggested a task force that would combine Tyler and Smith County animal control. Commissioners are expected to vote on the plan next week.