7-3-2015 At approx 8:45 a.m. Redwater VFD and Lifenet were called out for someone that had been run over by a 4 wheeler. Turns out that a man was pushing a broken down truck into his garage with his 4 wheeler with the assistance of his father. At some point the man got between the truck and 4 wheeler around the trailer hitch but had left the 4 wheeler running. The man’s 1 1/2 year old son who was being held by the victim’s father reached up and pressed the throttle button on the 4 wheeler sending it forward pinning…

The following statement was released today by the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department: ***TAPD CURRENTLY CONDUCTING DEATH INVESTIGATION*** Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers responded to a 911 call in the 1800 Block of Garland Street today at approximately 11:30am on a report of a possible suicide. Patrol Officers arriving on scene found a w/m deceased later identified at Michael Scott Roberts, 40 years of age, a resident of Texarkana, AR inside the home with what appeared to them to be gunshot wounds to the body. Officers at the scene requested the Criminal Investigation Division send the Crime Scene Unit and Investigators to…

TTPD issued the following statement about what can happen if you are caught illegally using fireworks the city limits: Please remember that discharging fireworks anywhere in the city limits is illegal. Don’t take a chance of getting a $171 ticket for this. We encourage everyone to take advantage of one of the free fireworks displays in Texarkana this weekend, such as Sparks in the Park at the Four States Fairgrounds.

An old Chinese proverb states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The residents of Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter are getting their fish and learning too, thanks to the introduction of Baby Granny’s Cooking School, taught by Cathy Brown Smith, AKA “The Baby Granny.” The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter, located at 402 Oak Street, Texarkana, TX, houses approximately 80 residents. It is a 90-day shelter which provides basic essential daily living needs such as meals, sleeping areas, and bathroom facilities for both men…

Earlier today I was contacted by a casting rep. from MTV. Apparently, they are looking to do another reality based show where they find people (or someone) from the Texarkana Area with extremely messy rooms and offering them a room make over. Information from the MTV website shows that they are seeking people who fit the following profile: “We are searching the U.S. for 18-27 year olds who live in extremely dirty or messy rooms! – Is your room full of junk, clutter, clothes and filth? – Does your roommate, partner or parent think you live like a slob? –…

SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD & ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR – Victim’s Age was 14 ALLEN,DERRICK J Photo Reported 10/08/2014 SID 05405471 RISK LEVEL MODERATE ENDING REGISTRATION DATE (PROJECTED) LIFETIME VERIFICATION REQUIREMENT QUARTERLY SEX MALE RACE BLACK ETHNICITY NON-HISPANIC HEIGHT 5’10” WEIGHT 210 LBS HAIR COLOR BLACK EYE COLOR BROWN SHOE SIZE UNKNOWN SHOE WIDTH UNKNOWN NAME(S) ALLEN,DERRICK J (PRIMARY) ALLEN,DERRICK ALLEN,DERRICK JEROME BIRTH DATE(S) 05/02/1976 (PRIMARY) DATE EVENT TYPE AGENCY 06/11/2015 VERIFICATION TEXARKANA PD 07/17/2014 REGISTRATION DEPT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE HUNTSVILLE MAP Reported Information ADDRESS 3502 W 7TH ST APT 6 TEXARKANA TX 75501 Offenses SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A…

With more rain expected to fall tonight, the mighty Red River is expected to rise once again. The massive amounts of rain that we have recently received had already caused the river to rise to a point where bridges had to be closed, causing many people to find alternate routes in and out of the Texarkana Area. With water already standing on the southbound bridge and a high chance of rain tonight that may continue into the early part of tomorrow, the northbound bridge will be closely monitored. At around noon today, the Texarkana Texas Police Department released the following statement via…

6-23-2015 Just before 9 pm Tuesday evening, a man was driving south on US Highway 59 when his car suddenly caught on fire.The driver tells me, he quickly stopped the vehicle (in the center/turn lane) and got out and away from the vehicle. When LEVFD arrived on scene, the Cadillac was engulfed in flames. The firemen put the fire out and redirected traffic to avoid any further accidents. No one was injured in this accident. Photos from the scene below:

At about 6:30 pm on 6-22-2015 I heard a call come over the scanner that said that a bus had rolled over and was on fire at the Arkansas Welcome Center at Mandeville, Arkansas (around exit 7 off of I-30). When I arrived on scene, I saw a Penske Moving Truck on its side. I was able to speak to the driver of the truck. He told me that as he was exiting to the rest area he felt a change in the truck (possibly a shift in the load). The driver then told me that he tried to correct the…

A truck with an oversize load is supposed to get to here tonight at about 9:00 and it is expected to take eight hours to travel through Texarkana. It will come on W. 7th Street and eventually continue on its journey out of the city travelling north on Stateline Avenue. The truck and its load will have to take the path shown on the map here. Due to its size, we know that some power lines along the path will have to be temporarily removed by SWEPCO crews to allow it to pass so some people will experience power outages.…

This summer Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is doing a “build your own sundae” promotion. This gave me the opportunity to check out this weeks spotlighted creation, The Classic Banana Split. I’ve loved banana splits since I was a little boy, so doing a review like this just excites me. It totally brings out the kid in me! Janet Bolls, the owner at our local Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, told me that (for sanitary reasons) when someone wants bananas cut up for a banana split that their staff will gladly assist take care of this for you. For my Banana Split,…

6-18-2015 The FBI Released the following press release. The Texarkana area has its fair share of doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and other organizations like the ones talked about in the following release. National Medicare Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against 243 Individuals for Approximately $712 Million in False Billing Most Defendants Charged and Largest Alleged Loss Amount in Strike Force History Washington, D.C.June 18, 2015 U.S. Department of Justice(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888  WASHINGTON—Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike…

The Texarkana Texas Police Dept. (TTPD) needs to identify the three following individuals. These subjects were involved in a convenience store burglary at the EZ Mart in the 5600 block of Summerhill Rd at 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning. The two men broke the glass out of the front door and stole several cartons of cigarettes. While the female did not go in the store, TTPD knows that she was with the two men only a few minutes before this burglary happened. If you recognize any of them, please call the TTPD at 903-798-3116 or CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.

At about 3 pm today Texarkana Police, Fire  and EMT personnel worked a three vehicle accident on Stateline Avenue. The accident caused traffic backups on the Arkansas side of the line. The extent of injuries are unknown to us at this time. Photos from the scene:

Looks like we should start seeing rain from one of the bands of Tropical Depression Bill to start around 3 pm today and is likely to continue to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms for the next 24 hours. Weather.com radar maps show the storm to be over the DFW area at this time. For up to the minute updates you can use this link. Weather information obtained in this weather report comes from weather.com

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