Around East Texas 07/02/07

Fatal Traffic Accident

A two vehicle accident in East Texas leaves one man dead and two injured. It happened on north F-M 2019, just outside of Huntington. Clayton Allen Robins of Zavalla was driving when he hydro-planed, swerving into the southbound lanes. A car then struck and killed Robbins. Two other people in the car with Robbins were injured, but are said to be recovering.

I-Phone Woes

The new I-phone has only been out for a few days and owners are already complaining. An A-T-and-T spokesman says the carrier is working on an individual basis with customers unable to activate their phone. They say the problem is being caused by over-loaded servers. Many buyers said their problems began when they tried to switch from their current cell phone provider to A-T-and-T.

Fireman Recovering

Their problems began when they tried to switch from their current cell phone provider to A-T-and-T. A young volunteer fireman critically hurt in a wreck last week is improving in a Lufkin hospital. Family members of 19-year old Carey Allen tell us he is doing well, despite life-threatening internal injuries. Allen's friends and relatives held a blood drive for him this past weekend at the Apple Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Doctors amputated one of his legs. Both were broken in the accident. The volunteer fireman was run over by a truck near Groveton. At the time, he was assisting victims in an unrelated wreck at the same location.

Lake Safety

Many people are gearing up for the fourth of July celebration. If going to the lake is on your list of things to do, remember to keep safety first. When going in the water, you always have to remember to be cautious. Everyone should always wear life jack4ets, especially children and weak swimmers. Children should also be supervised at all times. Most of all, don't push your limits. If you know that you're not a good swimmer, stay in the shallow end, and never take off your life jacket. With the recent heavy rains, people show watch for high water levels and debris. Also, with a chance of continued thunderstorms periodically throughout the week make sure you're on lightning alert.

Deputy Shot and Killed

A Bowie County Deputy has been shot and killed with his own gun. The shooting happened over the weekend. Investigators say Deputy Michael Page was answering an accident call early Saturday morning, on F-M 991, just north of the small community of New Boston. 36-year old Henry Leon Wakefield had apparently crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole. The deputy and Wakefield apparently got into a scuffle. Investigators say Wakefield somehow wrestled Page's gun from hi, shot him once in the chest and ran off into some woods nearby. Hours later, authorities found Wakefield in a wooded area, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Deputy Page leaves behind a wife and two small children. Funeral services for Page will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Texarkana.

Joyriding Motorcyclist Injured

A joyride gets out of control leaving one East Texas man recovering from severe injuries. The man was riding another man's motorcycle in the Lufkin K-Mart lot when he lost control. Police say he jumped the curb and went head first into the brick wall. Police are looking into whether alcohol was involved. The victim was taken to Woodland Heights Medical Center with serious head trauma.

Mugger Attacks Tyler Man

Police need your help finding the person responsible for robbing a Tyler man. It happened near the intersection of West Shaw and Academy Avenue Saturday morning. Police say a man pointed a gun at the victim and ordered the victim to take his pants down and shoes off. The suspect did get away with a small amount of cash.

Drug Arrests

Police have arrested three suspects, Kierstin Martinez, Joshua Cook and Daniel Grigsby, after a car chase Sunday morning. Police say during the chase, the suspects threw what is believed to be marijuana and Zanex out the car window. Police say they also three two pistols out of the car. All three people are charged with possession of a controlled substance.