News Headlines – December 1st
Evangelist Billy Graham remains hospitalized this morning after undergoing treatment of his lungs. A spokesman says Rev. Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Ashville, North Carolina after complaining of a cough and congestion. The 93 year old Graham was hospitalized earlier this month with pneumonia.
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A Whitehouse man faces a murder charge for the beating death of his wife on Thanksgiving day. The Smith County sheriff's office says 49 year old Kelly Kevin Gage told authorities his wife Parri McHugh Gage had fallen into some furniture. Upon further investigation, it was determined that she had been beaten. McHugh died Wednesday as a result of her injuries. Gage is currently jailed on charges of aggravated assault causing bodily injury. Those murder charges are expected to be upgraded to first degree murder.
Sheriff Newton Johnson reports that a white male subject has been reported missing from Shelby County. The family of David Earl Ross reports Ross was last seen on Sunday evening, November 27, 2011, around 5:00pm when he left his home in the Ragtown area. Ross was reportedly wearing a red ball cap, checkered purple & green shirt, plaid jacket, gray sweat pants and white tennis shoes.
Ross left home without his wallet or medication and did not tell any other family members t he was leaving or where he was going.
David Ross is described as a W/M, 6'3" and 230 Lbs, 75 years of age, driving a 1998 light blue Ford extended cab P/U with Texas License Plate #31G-PN8.
Anyone with any information about where David Ross or his vehicle can be located should contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Department by calling 936-598-5600.
On November 29, 2011 Longview Officer Kerry Higginbotham noticed a suspicious vehicle in the woods in the 1600 Block of Osborne Street. When he got out of the car to investigate further he noticed a large amount of copper wire lying on the ground outside Happiness Hill Daycare. He could see a blue Jeep Cherokee in the woods and found more copper wire, and other tools used to remove copper wire, inside the Jeep. While Officer Higginbotham was near the daycare he heard the Jeep start up. He ran after the Jeep and the driver of the Jeep continued to flee from the scene. The driver turned onto a dead end street and began to back up attempting to continue to flee from the Officer. Finally, Officer Higginbotham was able to get the driver to stop the vehicle and he was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was identified as 42 year-old Harrell Edward Johnson 42, of Gladewater. Johnson was charged with Theft of Material 50% Copper and Evading Arrest in a Motor Vehicle.
The annual Longview Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 1. Several downtown streets will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 5:30 p.m. Barricades will be placed around an approximate eight-block staging area east of Gregg County Court House and the 300 block of E. Methvin Street. Access to the outdoor drive-through locations of Texas Bank and Trust will be permitted until 6 p.m. Drivers should use extra caution when driving near the parade route and staging area. Most downtown streets should re-open later that night.
To accommodate ongoing downtown Christmas at the Courthouse activities, some downtown streets will remain closed following the parade. Southbound Fredonia Street from Whaley to Methvin will be closed now through 5:00 p.m., Monday, December 12. In addition, all of Fredonia Street between Whaley and Methvin will be closed Friday and Saturday December 2 and 3, and Friday and Saturday December 9 and 10 between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
For information about the Christmas Parade or other Downtown Christmas events, please contact the Longview Chamber of Commerce at 903-237-4000.