For the second time in less than a month, a woman is robbed of her purse and injured during a holdup outside a Tyler hospital.

Tyler police said around 10:40 p.m. Monday night, an employee of East Texas Medical Center was leaving work when she was approached by a man armed with a knife. As he tried to steal her purse, the suspect stabbed the woman in the arm. The suspect then fled on foot with the victim’s purse. She was treated and released for her injury.

The suspect is described as a thin black male approximately 5-foot-8, weighing approximately 140 to 150 pounds.  The suspect was wearing a black hooded coat, red shirt, dark pants and tennis shoes.  The suspects head appears to be shaved.

An image of the man was captured by a security camera. Anyone with any information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Tyler Police Department.

Art Chance,  Vice President of Operations for ETMC Tyler has released the following statement:

East Texas Medical Center Tyler is taking steps to increase its level of on-campus security, including the immediate deployment of more security staff members.

With recent events, the security department has also evaluated on-campus security associated with cameras and lighting. To that end, we have made improvements to our overall system and will continue to upgrade our security technology. In both incidents that occurred recently, clear video images of the assailant were obtained, which are assisting law enforcement investigations.

Maintaining a safe environment requires that everyone remain vigilant and on guard. Employees and visitors should be aware of their surroundings at all times and report any suspicious individuals loitering on campus.  ETMC security escorts to and from vehicles are available to anyone on request.

Anyone wishing to report a suspicious individual may contact the ETMC security department at 903-531-8800 or call the Tyler Police Department.

Hawkins Woman Guilty of Federal Drug Charge and Mail Fraud

TYLER – 38 year old Stacy Dianne Campbell entered the guilty plea today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love in Federal Court in Tyler.

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 2, 2010, Campbell purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a WalMart in Mineola, and made numerous other purchases on other occasions, for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine .

Also presented in court was information regarding Campbell’s 2008 charges of stealing mail from mailboxes and attempting to either cash or deposit the money contained within the mail into an account fraudulently set up under a fictitious name.

A sentencing date has not been set. Campbell faces up to 20 years on the drug charge and up to 5 years for the mail charge.

Got a Warrant? Get it Taken Care Of!

TYLER – Tyler is participating in a statewide warrant sweep that runs through March 4.

More than 250 agencies across Texas are taking part in the effort to resolve outstanding warrants.

Tyler is extending its hours to make additional arrests through the end of March.  The court will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the increased number of persons needing to appear at the court window to pay their warrants.

Rusk County Drug Bust

MT. ENTERPRISE, Texas – A weekend drug bust in Rusk County has led to the arrest of seven people and netted officers more than 18 ounces of marijuana and over 10 grams of crack cocaine, prescription drugs, firearms and cash.

The seven suspects arrested were  Charles Ray Lewis, 54, of Mt. Enterprise, charged with Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a first degree felony, Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor, and Possession of Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor, with bonds totaling $30,000. Brodrick Demon Hall, 39, of Mt. Enterprise, was charged with Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance, first degree felony and Possession of Marijuana, State Jail Felony, with bonds totaling $20,000. Sheldon Ramon Starling, 34, of Mt. Enterprise, with a Parole Violation, and charged with Possession of Marijuana, State Jail Felony, bond set at $10,000.


Others arrested at the scene were Xavier Fitzgerald Bryant, 22, Quillan Demon Moore, 20, Nico Dekeith Jones, 20, all of Mt. Enterprise, and Anthony Benard Frazier, 19 of Marshall, all were charged with Possession of Marijuana, State Jail Felony, with all bonds set at $10,000 each.

DNA Experts to Testify at Torture Trial

WEATHERFORD — Testimony will resume today in the North Texas trial of a man who’s accused of torturing his former neighbor on a deer-skinning device and chaining her to a bed. DNA experts are expected to testify at Jeffrey Maxwell’s trial.

The 59-year-old faces up to life in prison.


Irrigation Water Likely Won’t Be Released

LISSIE — With Texas in one of the worst droughts in its history, water officials are widely expected to announce March 1 they won’t release irrigation water for thousands of farmers in the state’s rice-growing region.

The three counties likely to be affected by the Lower Colorado River Authority’s decision — Wharton, Colorado and Matagorda — are among the poorest in the state, with poverty levels above the national average.


Final Weeks Not Good for Rick Perry’s Checkbook

AUSTIN — Campaign finance reports show that in the final three weeks of his failed presidential campaign, Rick Perry raised $389,000 — but spent nearly $3.3 million.

It was a spectacular collapse for the Texas governor, who raised more than $17 million in donations