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County man stabbed, suspect charged with murder Sunday

Noe Luna, 43, of Tyler was fatally stabbed Sunday (Jan. 21) at his residence in the 400 block of County Road 34 near Tyler and a suspect has been arrested and charged with murder, said Smith County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry Christian. Letierus Lynn Drew, 23, was arrested in connection with the stabbing, Christian said,

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More scams reported

Officials with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office are issuing another warning concerning scams involving phone callers identifying themselves as members of the sheriff’s department demanding money. Spokesman Sgt. Larry Christian said in the most recent scam, callers are identifying themselves as Smith County Sheriff’s employees, specifically “Lt. Robert Strickland’’ and “Sgt. Larry Christian.’’ The callers

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Court-appointed expert says man accused in dentist’s deaths competent

Steven Alexander Smith, 41, who stands accused of the shooting deaths of two Tyler dentists in March, 2022, is competent to stand trial according to recent testimony by a court-appointed expert. Smith, of Tyler, faces capital murder charges in connection with the fatal shootings of Dr. Jack Burroughs Jr. and Dr. Blake Sinclar on March

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Smith County Jail inmate dies Dec. 27

Officials with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office reported that jail inmate Susan Taylor, 58, had died after being taken to a UT Health emergency room after being found unconscious in the day room of the jail just after 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 27. Emergency personnel began implementing life-saving measures but Taylor remained unresponsive. She

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Phillips arrested; charged with false subpeonas

Lance Phillips, son of Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips and County Clerk Karen Phillips, remains in the Smith County Jail this week after being arrested for issuing subpoenas without authorization, county officials said. According to the warrant, a detective with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate three processes that were

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Lance Phillips surrenders to authorities after court incident

Lance Phillips, son of Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips, turned himself into authorities this past weekend after evading arrest on a contempt of court charge last Thursday in Winona, officials said. Smith County Precinct 4 Constable Josh Joplin confirmed Phillips surrendered on Saturday, July 29. Phillips was booked into the Smith County Jail

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Lindale man sentenced to 30 years for child sex crimes

Colin Wade Turner, 67 of Lindale was sentenced to 30 years in prison this past week after pleading guilty to multiple child sex crimes in 2022, officials said. Turner was arrested on Dec. 2, 2022 on five counts of possession of child pornography and one count of indecency with a child. On Tuesday, July 25

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Body found off I-20 in Van Zandt County

TYLER – At 4:03 yesterday afternoon, DPS Troopers responded to a report by Texas Department of Transportation road crews of a body they discovered while cleaning debris from the grass on the south side of IH-20 approximately 2.6 miles west of the city of Canton in Van Zandt County.  An investigation is under way to

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Suspect jailed on murder, aggravated assault charges

Demarkus Bircher, 21 of Tyler, remains in the Smith County Jail on murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from a shooting which occurred around midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Smith County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Larry Christian said. Deputies responded to a shooting call in the 3200 block off Jackson Avenue in the New Chapel Hill

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New K-9 officer, handler join constable staff

Deputy Constable Alvin Gordon and Officer Blaze, a 71-pound Belgian Melanois, will be traveling to the Austin area to attend handler school soon. Though Blaze is already certified, Gordon who joined Precinct 5 Constable Jeff McClenny’s office in March has been waiting for a training school he can attend. For more about Gordon and Blaze,

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