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MPD Investigating Fatal Wreck

The Marshall Police Department is investigating a three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a local woman.

”On Wednesday, November 14 at approximately 5:57 a.m., officers responded to the 4200 block of East End Boulevard South on reports of a multiple-vehicle crash with injuries. Preliminary reports suggest that a passenger car was traveling northbound in the inside lane and rear ended another vehicle. The passenger car then entered the outside northbound lane and was struck by a large truck, ” said MPD Public Information Officer Kelly Colvin.

Both occupants in the passenger car were transported to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall where the passenger later died. No other injuries were reported. The passenger has been identified as 44-year-old April Hayner, of Marshall. Hayner’s next of kin has been notified. The crash remains under investigation.

Smith County Man Guilty of Multiple Firearms Violations

TYLER, Texas – A 25-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.



Heon Jong Yoo, a/k/a “Hank Yoo,” was found guilty today of seven counts of false statements made in connection with firearms transactions and one count of unlawful possession by a prohibited person. The three-day jury trial occurred before U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder, III.



According to information presented in court, Yoo was an undergraduate student at the University of Texas-Tyler. A lawful permanent resident from South Korea, Yoo falsely represented that he was a United States citizen with respect to seven different firearms transactions, some of which involved semiautomatic weapons. He did so after having been involuntarily committed to a mental institution in the state of New Jersey in 2013 and again in 2015. At the time of his arrest, Yoo was in possession of multiple firearms, ammunition, and firearms accessories. Yoo was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 18, 2018.



“This case was a great example of federal, state, and local law enforcement working together to stop a threat that really could have had tragic results,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown. “Yoo was becoming increasingly aggressive in his behavior, and there were multiple schools where people were extremely concerned about what he was going to do. In addition, he had weapons and a history of mental health problems. These situations often end badly, and it was good that law enforcement worked together to get him off the streets as soon as they did.”



Under federal statutes, Yoo faces a maximum of 5 years in federal prison for each false statement charge and up to 10 years on the unlawful possession count at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.



This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Texas Department of Public Safety-Texas Rangers Division; the Smith County Sheriff’s Office; the Tyler Police Department; and the University of Texas-Tyler Police Department. Assistance was also provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the Dallas Police Department, the Plano Police Department, the Prosper Police Department, the Collin College Police Department, the Dallas County Community College District Police Department, the Rutgers University Police Department, and the University of Connecticut Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank Coan, Lucas Machicek, and Ryan Locker.

East Texans Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

TYLER, Texas – Two East Texas men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Keyonta Monquan Johnson, 24, of Reklaw, Texas, pleaded guilty on Mar. 22, 2018, to distribution of methamphetamine near a playground and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison on Oct. 4, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

Devante Lee Johnson, 26, of Jacksonville, Texas, pleaded guilty on May 22, 2018, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on premises where children are present and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

Both defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 18, 2017.



This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Jacksonville Police Department.

Wood County Woman Sentenced for embezzling $1.8 million from California Companies

A 49-year-old, Hawkins, Texas, woman has been sentenced to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.



Lina Su, also known as Lina Perkins, pleaded guilty on June 7, 2018, to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering and was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Su was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,815,765.96.



Su, a naturalized citizen from Taiwan, was a financial controller splitting time between living in Hawkins, Texas and Los Angeles. According to information presented in court, in March of 2017, Su made several unauthorized wire transfers from VIG Furniture bank accounts into an account she controlled at City National Bank in Sulphur Springs, Texas. In 2015 and 2016, she also made unauthorized transfers from Airport Van Rental and ACE Medical Transport bank accounts into her personal checking account. In addition, Su used funds from those companies’ accounts to make personal credit card payments, purchase land for herself, and pay contractors constructing her home in Wood County, Texas. Altogether, Su embezzled and transferred over $1.8 million dollars from the California companies she was working for during the time period. Su was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 13, 2017.



Su ultimately cooperated with investigators and entered into an Asset Preservation Agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office which required her to begin paying restitution to her victims by liquidating her assets and turning over those proceeds for restitution for the victims. As part of her plea agreement, Su agreed to forfeit all of her right, title and interest to real property and vehicles.



This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Wells.

Local woman killed in car wreck

Harrison County authorities have confirmed April Hayner, a resident of the county, was killed in a terrible car wreck yesterday morning on Highway 59 South. More details will be available later today.

City Hall parking lot to be closed for repaving

City Hall parking lot to be closed for repaving

Weather permitting, the City of Marshall Public Works Department will close the Marshall City Hall parking lot beginning at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 16, through 8 a.m. Nov. 20, to complete a repave of the parking lot.

During this project, those wishing to enter city hall will need to enter the building using the Columbus Street entrance on the second floor. Residents will also be unable to use the water billing payment drop box on the west side of city hall during this time.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 903-935-4516.

Winnsboro man killed in wreck

The Marshall Police Department is investigating a crash that claimed the life of a Winnsboro, Texas man.
On Sunday, November 11, at approximately 6:23 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of East End Boulevard South on reports of a two-vehicle crash. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that the two occupants in one of the vehicles were injured. Both were transported to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall where the driver later died. The deceased has been identified as 86-year-old Joe Wann, of Winnsboro. Wann’s next of kin has been notified. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

HCSO Warns of Scams

Harrison County Sheriff's Office is receiving calls from citizens inquiring about warrants that are supposed to be issued for their arrest. This is another twist on the bogus telephone call using official sounding circumstances. The scammer sets up the caller as an official of the Harrison County Sheriff's Office or District Attorney's office and they want to have the person settle a case prior to being taken to court, or to post a bond for a bogus offense that has been filed against the person. The caller gives the person a "case number", which is bogus. The caller will then ask the person to get a Wal-Mart, CVS, or loadable credit card, for an amount of money to settle the case. They are then given a telephone number to call. That number has been an area code of 844, which is a toll free number, recently. After the person has obtained the card, they are instructed to call another telephone number and give the PIN number on the back of the card. This money is then accessed by that PIN number. This is not a legitimate phone call. The District Attorney or Sheriff's Office will not call anyone and ask for a payment.

Once this person has taken the money from the card, there is no method to retrieve the money. The caller is most often in a foreign country and using cell phones that they manipulate to appear that they are legitimate callers from Harrison County.

As the holiday season is under-way, please be mindful that there are people that are preying on citizens and using scare tactics to take money from unsuspecting citizens.

ETBU Tiger Day demonstrates to prospective students what it means to be an ETBU Tiger

East Texas Baptist University hosted almost 300 guests on campus for Tiger Day on Saturday, November 10. The event enabled prospective students to learn what it means to be an ETBU Tiger through an academic showcase, student life exposition, campus tour, Tiger Family tailgate, and Tiger Football game.

"Tiger Day is a day of discovery for both students and their families," ETBU Freshman Admissions Counselor Michael Lawson explained. "The college selection process can be overwhelming for families, and we hope to alleviate as much stress as possible. I hope that parents and students left campus with a sense that they were sincerely welcomed, that their questions were answered, and that they have a clearer direction from God on their path forward."

The event opened in Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center with worship, a welcome from Vice President for Academic Affairs Heather Hadlock, and a presentation by ETBU Assistant Provost Emily Prevost entitled, Engaging Minds. Following this general session, the Academic Showcase provided students the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with professors and learn more about the 42 undergraduate programs ETBU offers.

"I hope students learned about the Fred Hale School of Business experience and our focus on preparing students for careers in whatever God has called them to," ETBU Dean of the School of Business Barry Evans said. "Our program is unique in that business is taught from a Christian worldview and that we have many internships and are consistently developing more."

Prospective students were invited to a student life exposition, where they learned about the 46 organizations and ministries available to students and what campus life looks like at ETBU. During a campus tour, students were able to visit residence halls and academic facilities, enabling them to experience life on the Hill.

"To be a Tiger means to be cared for," ETBU Freshman Admissions Counselor Colton Whitefield said. "Faculty and staff strive to ensure that every student feels loved throughout and beyond their time at ETBU. I would advise students to not be afraid of experiencing something new and out of their comfort zone. It may be hard to move away from family, but ETBU can become a very special home away from home."

The ETBU Office of Admissions held a tailgate for prospective students and their families. In addition to lunch and a Tiger Talk informational session, current Tigers Gwendolyn Torres, Jamarcia Banks, Madison Moore, and Melissa Barron facilitated a Student Life Panel to allow visiting students and their families to ask questions about their Christ-centered educational experience at ETBU.

"I enjoyed participating in the Student Panel and representing ETBU because it allowed me to show future students how amazing this University and the people here are," ETBU sophomore Wendy Torres said. "I hope students and their families learned about the love and support that are given on campus. They will truly be cared for and guided along their path. I love ETBU and would share that with anyone. My advice for prospective students is to look thoroughly into the schools they are considering and be confident in who will be pouring into them."

The event concluded with a football game, in which the Tiger Day attendees were joined by current students to cheer on the ETBU Football team against the UMHB Crusaders. By connecting them to necessary resources such as professors, counselors, coaches, and current students, the event provided an opportunity for prospective students to be an ETBU Tiger for a day, and hopefully during their college years and throughout their lifetime.

Tiger Basketball recruits Justin Combs, DaKarai White, Jaeden Russell, Richard Gardner, and Levert Davis heard about Tiger Day from their high school coaches. In a collective interview, they shared, "Our favorite part of Tiger Day has been enjoying the campus and experiencing something new. Everyone here has been really nice. We're all looking for a career in business and it seems that ETBU has a great program."

The spring Preview Days at ETBU are scheduled for January 28, February 18, and March 4. The next Tiger Day will be held on Saturday, April 6. The University will also host Campus Visit Saturday on March 23 for each student to take a tour and meet with their Admissions Counselor. If Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 entering students apply during any campus visit, the application fee will be waived. To learn more about visiting campus or applying to ETBU,

Sam Houston students “Chow Down with the Chief”

Sam Houston students “Chow Down with the Chief”

MARSHALL, Texas – Sam Houston Elementary School students Jhaeleon David and Luis Lopez were named honorees in the Marshall ISD Police Department’s "Chow Down with the Chief" program for the week of November 9 Friday.

As this week’s honorees, Jhaeleon and Luis chose to enjoy lunch with Marshall ISD Police Chief Joe Arledge at Golden Corral, along with Sam Houston Assistant Principal, Jessica Johnson, and Marshall Police Department Chief, Cliff Carruth.

Jhaeleon is the son of Michael David, and Trent and Shelda Sparks, and is a fourth-grade student in Mrs. McPhail's homeroom class. Luis is the son of Rogelio Lopez and Luz Suarez and is a fifth-grade student in Mrs. Hines' homeroom class.

The Marshall ISD Police Department wishes to thank Golden Corral for their participation in the “Chow Down With The Chief” program. Golden Corral is one of six local restaurants who participate in the program, which Chief Arledge began in 2016. “Chow Down with the Chief” helps to facilitate and develop positive relationships between law enforcement and community, and students. Each week, Chief Arledge visits an MISD campus and escorts lucky students chosen by their principals for good citizenship, behavior and grades, and treats them to lunch at a participating Marshall restaurant.

2019 Leadership Tomorrow

Over the past 8 years, Leadership Tomorrow Marshall has offered up to 16 Marshall High School juniors the opportunity to develop and strengthen leadership skills through interaction with community leaders. The students will attend educational sessions on local business, health care, tourism, and government in Marshall from February to May 2019. In 2019, up to 24 students will have the opportunity to participate due to the generous transportation by Mrs. Tina Brown and Marshall High School.

Students can expect to begin their program Itinerary with a Business and Industry emphasis in February of their Spring Semester.

Thank you to our local businesses for this opportunity to expose our youth to the various economic environments of our community, and the importance of investing in that community as future leaders.

Leadership Tomorrow is an annual partnership between our generous financial sponsor Richard Traweek of Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Marshall High School, Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Marshall City Council PTA and MISD. The deadline for application to the 2019 class is December 7, 2018, in the Marshall High School Principal's office.

Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Wichita County

Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Wichita County

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jorge Luis Santamaria, 36, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward of up to $2,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Santamaria, a high-risk sex offender, is wanted for probation violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

Santamaria has been wanted since October 2012 when he absconded from his last known address in Electra, Texas, located in Wichita County. He also has ties to the Austin area, including Elgin. In 2005, Santamaria was convicted of attempt to commit indecency with a child – sexual contact after an incident in Travis County involving an 11-year-old boy.

Santamaria is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. For more information and updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin.

Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far this year, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $31,500 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities using one of the three following methods:

Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
Submit a tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
Submit a Facebook tip by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website. Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

The Marshall Police Department, in conjunction with Carter BloodCare, will host a Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on December 3 and 4. The friendly competition will be between the Marshall Police Department and Marshall Fire Department. Donors are encouraged to donate blood and cast their vote for either the police department or fire department. Donors will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last), enjoy snacks and have their name entered into a daily door prize drawing. Citizens can also have their name entered into the drawing by donating canned goods. The canned items will be donated to Mission Marshall after the two-day event.

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will be held on December 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Marshall Visual Arts Center (208 E. Burleson Street, Marshall, TX). The losing Chief will be required to wash a vehicle belonging to the winning Chief on a date to be determined.

FOR YOUR FAMILY, FOR YOUR FRIENDS, FOR YOUR FUTURE, UNBELTED CRASH SURVIVOR URGES YOU TO BUCKLE UP

FOR YOUR FAMILY, FOR YOUR FRIENDS, FOR YOUR FUTURE, UNBELTED CRASH SURVIVOR URGES YOU TO BUCKLE UP

On Aug. 24, 2016, Eden Ganzerla lost control of her car while driving to work and crashed into a retaining wall - breaking nearly every bone in her body. Now she struggles with a traumatic brain injury and must speak through a computer. Eden was not wearing her seat belt.

“Before the crash, Eden was very outgoing and talkative, living life to the fullest with her animals and friends,” said John Ganzerla, Eden’s father. “Now, she is dependent on her mother and me for even the simplest everyday tasks.”

In 2017, almost 3,000 people were killed or seriously injured for simply failing to wear their seat belt in the state of Texas. Wearing a seat belt increases your chances of surviving a crash by 45 to 60 percent.

“Anytime someone is killed or seriously injured in a crash on a state highway, I take it personally,” said TxDOT Austin District Engineer Terry McCoy. “It’s our agency’s mission to help everyone get home safely each night, and that’s why we created this campaign.”

Together with Eden and her family, TxDOT Austin District developed a public safety outreach campaign highlighting Eden’s story and reminding drivers and passengers to buckle up, no matter where or how far they’re traveling. The “There are Some Things More Confining than a Seat Belt” campaign consists of TV and radio public service announcements in both English and Spanish, as well as social media and posters.

TxDOT and the Ganzerla family were joined today by Austin Police Lt. Blake Johnson and Sgt. Robbie Barrera from the Texas Department of Public Safety to reinforce there is no excuse for not wearing your seat belt.

Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be properly buckled up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than eight must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If they aren’t properly restrained, the driver faces fines of up to $250, plus court costs.

Veteran's Day Ceremony Planned

Veteran's Day Ceremony Planned

East Texas Baptist University is hosting the annual Community Veterans Day program on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center on ETBU's campus.

The service will include the traditional musical tribute to service branches, a performance of "Taps" from Hallsville High School Band, and a presentation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I.

KMHT will broadcast the event live on 103.9 FM Sunday afternoon, courtesy of Sullivan Funeral Home.

Voting Totals

COUNTY TREASURER
SHERRY RUSHING R 15,274
LENORA REED D 5,577

COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINT 2
ZEPHANIAH TIMMINS D 2,102
ROBERT JOHNSON III R 1,405

COUNTY JUDGE
CHAD SIMS R 15,384
WILLIAM "DOC" HALLIDAY L 2,707

SCOTTSVILLE PROPOSITION A
IN FAVOR 62
AGAINST 15

HARLETON ISD BOND
IN FAVOR 433
AGAINST 475

Red River Army Depot Contractor Guilty of Assaulting Police Officer

TxDOT Austin launches ‘There are Some Things More Confining than a Seat Belt’ campaign to reduce unbelted injuries, fatalities



TEXARKANA, Texas – A 32-year-old Red River Army Depot contractor has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Red River Army Depot Police Officer in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Dontrell McChester, of Hooks, Texas, pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 11, 2018, McChester attempted to enter the Red River Army Depot in his vehicle when Red River Army Depot Police Officers at the main gate smelled the odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle. Officers directed McChester to exit the vehicle for further inspection. While officers were conducting that inspection, McChester ran from officers, re-entered the vehicle, and attempted to drive away. McChester began kicking an officer, who was struggling with him to stop the vehicle. While attempting to flee, McChester drove the vehicle in a manner that could have easily killed or seriously injured the officers at the scene. Officers were finally able to restrain McChester by using pepper spray. The assaulted officer received injuries and was also pepper sprayed during the altercation.

Under federal statutes, McChester faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case was investigated by the Red River Army Depot Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan R. Hornok and Allen Hurst and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ivor Jorgensen.

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