Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:41:59 GMT
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday. Once deputies arrived to the home theyMore >>
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday.More >>
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
With less than 30 days before voters head to the polls, an East Texas sheriff is speaking out about a survey he conducted on the impact of alcohol sales in Texas communities.
Smith County Sheriff J. B. Smith says law enforcement agencies in 25 Texas communities told him there was no negative impact on crime rates or litter after voters chose to allow alcohol sales in their communities.
"We asked, 'Did the sale of alcohol in your community increase crime? Did it increase litter?'," Smith says.
Of the 28 cities contacted, 25 responded to the survey.
"The 25 who responded to us said the same thing, 'No, it did not,'" Smith says.
From Amarillo to Lubbock and Longview, Sheriff Smith says the consensus was clear.
"I thought it was important to do this survey and the reason is, when it comes to wet and dry elections, people become very emotional," Smith says.
East Texan Jeffrey Barlow says he has struggled with alcoholism his entire life.
"I can't say there's a positive in it," he says.
Barlow says he has had seven DWIs in 30 years and is strongly against beer and wine sales in Tyler.
"The kids will be out in the parking lots getting people like me to go in and buy it for them," Barlow says.
"If [people are] going to vote for it or against it, they don't need to
use crime or litter as an excuse," Smith
"I don't know where the issue of litter came in. We're concerned about the litter of bodies that are maimed because of alcohol... the litter of little children and their families that are destroyed," said Landmark Baptist Church Pastor Mike Daniels.
Daniels says Sheriff Smith is a friend, but he won't take the survey to heart.
"Even the people on the other side have enough sense to know this is not true," Daniels says.
Sheriff Smith says he understands why citizens are passionate about the issue.
"A lot of people in the community have friends or kin that have alcohol problems, and you can certainly understand why they feel the way they do," says Smith.
Daniels says he's not convinced the cities who Smith surveyed were asked the appropriate questions.
"What did they say alcohol sales did good for them? What did their doctors say and their ER rooms and their alcohol anonymous [programs]," asks Daniels.
Smith says he contacted the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to
find out which cities across the state had gone "wet" in the last 10
years. He says he also surveyed local communities, like Longview, who
had been "wet" for longer. The 28 Texas communities that Smith contacted
Abilene, Allen, Amarillo, Angelina County, Beaumont,
Belton (Bell County), Celina, Denton, Greenville, Jacksonville,
Longview, Lubbock, Lumberton, McKinney, Midlothian, Mineola, Plano,
Princeton, Rockwall, Rowlett, Rusk, Southlake, Temple, Vidor, Waco,
Westlake, and Willow Park.
He says Celina, Princeton and Waco did not respond to his survey.
Smith adds that Midlothian and Rockwall, Texas actually told him introducing alcohol sales to the community decreased their crime rates. However, Smith says he does not know what they attribute that to.
Daniels says people who are against [the alcohol referendum] can contact him here.
Monday, May 20 2013 10:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:43:27 GMT
Longview police say that an officer is in the hospital after a shooting.Police tell KLTV 7 it happened just before 8:30 Monday evening. Details are still unclear, but several police officers were tryingMore >>
Stretch of Highway 80 closed while police investigate crime scene.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:11:23 GMT
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler .Authorities say the accident happened near the intersection of County Road 2142 and County RoadMore >>
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-15 02:46:58 GMT
A Henderson County home was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.Volunteer fire crews from Brownsboro, Chandler, and Dixie responded to a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Boulevard in Chandler around 6:30More >>
Multiple fire crews respond to Tuesday evening fire.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 7:11 PM EDT2013-05-14 23:11:18 GMT
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.According to Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Smith and Sydney Brook Side were arrested and charged with solicitationMore >>
Two East Texas women have been arrested for plotting to kill a peace officer.More >>
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