WEATHERFORD — The sentencing phase of a trial begins today in Weatherford for a North Texas man who was convicted of kidnapping his ex-neighbor and holding her captive for nearly two weeks.

It took jurors less than an hour Tuesday to convict Jeffery Allan Maxwell, 59 on the two counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

Maxwell faces up to life in prison.

Rains County Woman Guilty of Firearms Violation

TYLER, Texas - A 53-year-old Emory, Texas woman pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Margaret Lanette Gunter pleaded guilty on Feb. 21, 2012, to engaging in the business of selling firearms without a federal firearms license before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

Information presented in court , revealed more than one hundred weapons, as well as a large amount of ammunition, were recovered.  Gunter admitted to assisting a co-defendant who was selling firearms at public markets in Quinlan, Texas and at the First Monday Trade Fair in Canton, Texas.

Gunter faces up to 5 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

Road Closure Advisory

TYLER - Smith County Road and Bridge Crews have temporarily closed a portion of County Road 132 in the Flint-Gresham area for maintenance. Details on when the County Road will reopen to the public will be made available as soon as possible. Motorist are being asked to find an alternative route.

Coffee with a Cop

LONGVIEW – The Longview Police Dept. will host their first “Coffee with a Cop” program Thursday night.

Longview Police Chief Don Dingler says the new outreach program will give citizens a chance to sit down with local officers and ask questions about the law and neighborhood issues.

The first meeting will be held at Chick-fil-A located at Gilmer Road and Loop 281 at 7:00 to 9:00am on Thursday February 23rd.

East Texan Guilty of Federal Drug Charges

TYLER - A Carthage Woman has pleaded guilty to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to information presented in Federal Court in Tyler, 31 year old Christine Stephens Carroll purchased cold pills containing 2.40 grams of pseudoephedrine from a Brookshire Bros. store in Carthage. Carroll also admitted to purchasing cold pills on 64 different occasions from Oct. 22, 2008 to Apr. 15, 2010, which amounted to approximately 137.78 grams of pseudoephedrine, with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Carroll faces up to 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

Man Formally Declared Innocent of Murder

DALLAS — A state district judge will formally declare a Dallas man innocent of murder and attempted murder after he spent 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Richard Miles has been free on his own recognizance since a judge recommended that he be declared innocent in 2009.


Texas Weather Attracting Bats

AUSTIN — A biologist says recent mild winters may eventually attract vampire bats to parts of South Texas. The animals live in South and Central America and Mexico and could resettle in Texas in the next 50 years, causing headaches to ranchers.


Man Formally Declared Innocent of Murder

BEAUMONT – A 27-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender. Bernard Vertral Jackson lived in a trailer park in Beaumont from Jan. 31, 2011, to April 20, 2011, without registering as a sex offender.

Jackson had previously been convicted of sodomy in 2001, in San Bernardino, California.