Friends of 26-year-old Steven Kloppe say they are not surprised that he was lending a helping hand to a stranger when he slipped and fell off a bridge Sunday night on I-20 near Lindale.

Police say Kloppe was attempting to help a motorist who had spun out of control on the rain slick highway. Kloppe was attempting to reach the driver of the vehicle by climbing onto to the bridge railing when he slipped and fell 30 feet landing on a railroad spur.

He was taken to a Tyler hospital, where he later died of his injuries.


Tyler Teen Still Missing

Tyler Police are asking the public’s help in locating 18-year-old Jadarion Buckley of Tyler after he walked away from the hospital while being evaluated.

Jadarion was last seen around 5pm. Monday, July 9th at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital wearing a hospital gown and may have been picked up by a waiting vehicle.

Jadarion is not in immediate physical danger but is possibly suicidal and in need of further evaluation.  Anyone with information on Jadarion’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000.


Storm Damage Closes Longview Park

The City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close Teague Park while workers clean up debris from a strong storm that moved through Monday.

The park is located at 415 American Legion Blvd. Several trees and limbs fell throughout the park as the result of the storm.. The park is expected to be closed for several days while cleanup efforts are underway.

During the closure, the Longview Parks and Recreation Department encourages park users to visit one of the many other parks located in Longview. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 903-237-1270 or visit