Top 30 TXK Today Stories of 2015 (#1-10)

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10. Multiple Texarkana residents arrested in multi-agency drug bust (33,000 views) 

U.S. Attorney John Bales, DPS Captain Mark Milanovich, FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Loeffert, TTPD Chief Daniel Shiner
U.S. Attorney John Bales, DPS Captain Mark Milanovich, FBI Special Agent in Charge Gary Loeffert, TTPD Chief Daniel Shiner

On Oct. 27 U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced the arrest of multiple individuals indicted for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Arrests were made on Oct. 27, 2015 as part of Operation Flashback, a two-year joint federal and state investigation into individuals responsible for mid and high-level trafficking and distribution of methamphetamine through the Eastern District of Texas as well as to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The defendants are alleged to have been responsible for trafficking and distributing more than 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine through the I-30 corridor, to Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and beyond. A federal grand jury returned a sealed 43-count indictment on Sep. 16, 2015.

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9. Raceway shooting over parking (33,700 views)

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The victim in Friday nights shooting at Raceway on State Line has died and the shooter is now facing a murder charge.

On Friday, September 25th, 2015 at about 10:30pm there was a confrontation between Jesse James Hamilton and Marvin Stanton.

According to Texarkana, Arkansas Police Public Information Officer Kristi Bennett the problem began when Stanton took issue with a parking spot Hamilton occupied when Stanton arrived with two other motorcyclists.

According to multiple witnesses, Stanton first threatened Hamilton with a gun then after fighting with Hamilton for a brief time he pulled the weapon and shot Hamilton one time

8. Police warn level 4 sex offender (34,000 views) 

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On Oct. 15 the Texarkana Arkansas Police informed residents of a level 4 Sex Offender who moved to Texarkana, Arkansas recently.

Ronald Eitel, 55, currently resides at 303 East 23rd Street. Eitel was charged in 1982 with 12 counts of rape and convicted of 4 counts. Upon conviction Eitel received two 20 year sentences and two 60 year sentences that were run consecutively, which meant he was to spend the better part of his life in prison, that was until his sentences were recently overturned and was released from the Texas Department of Corrections. Ronald Eitel was assessed and assigned the designated risk as Level 4, which is defined as a sexually violent predator with a very high risk to reoffend, by the State of Arkansas.

7. Domtar Employee Killed (39,800 views) 

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A Domtar employee at the Ashdown, Arkansas mill was killed in an on the job accident on the morning of Sept. 18.

“Today Domtar is mourning the loss of one of our employees in a railcar incident at our pulp and paper mill in Ashdown, Arkansas,” said Domtar Manager of Communications & Government Relations Tammy Waters. “We are working closely with emergency personnel and local authorities to actively investigate and manage the incident.”

According to Waters Velma Marie Perkins was an Equipment Helper on the Switch Engine in the Shipping Department. She had worked for Domtar since 1991.

6. Body of Missing Texarkana, Ark. Man Found off Summerhill Rd. (43,900 views)

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Christopher Guilbeau

Christopher D. Guilbeau (Cates), who was reported missing from Texarkana, Arkansas in early March.

According to police two calls to 911 around 11 p.m. led Texarkana, Texas patrol officers to an alley near the 1100 block of Della Street where they discovered Guilbeau’s body.

Police in Tulsa, Okla. found Guilbeau’s car Thursday during a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle was the driver, Brandon Brown, 22, of Dallas and passengers, Marquell Smith, 20, of Texarkana both of whom were arrested. A 17-year-old Tulsa girl also in the vehicle was released to her parents.

5. Pete Mankins Shooting (45,500 views)

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A Texarkana man was shot to death by his former mother in-law today at his place of employment, according to Texarkana, Texas Police.

Police arrested the suspect near Spring Lake Park on Park Road.  According to Jones a witness followed the suspect vehicle and called police.

According to Jones the victim was taken to a local Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

4. Fatal Head on Collision on U.S. 67 (60,500 views)

7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 1 a head on collision claimed the life of both drivers Sunday morning on U.S. Highway 67 east of Redwater, Texas.

U.S. 67 was closed most of the morning while first responders cleaned up the accident scene. Redwater Volunteer Fire Department, Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas DPS Troopers were all on scene.

Little is known about the crash at this time. According to the Texas DPS communications office one person has not been identified at this time.

3. Police Discover Body in parking lot of target (87,400)

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 A missing Springfield, Missouri woman was found deceased in her vehicle parked at a local business.

On November 24, 2015, at approximately 7 p.m., Texarkana, Texas police officers responded to the Richmond Ranch area concerning the welfare of a woman who had been reported missing in Springfield Missouri on November 23, 2015. After receiving a description of the woman and her vehicle from her family, officers located the vehicle and discovered the body of the deceased woman inside.

2. Chico the capybara (2,200,000+ views)
Our video from August of Chico the capybara is our most watched video with over 2 million views.

Chico the CapybaraMeet one of Texarkana’s more unique pets. Chico is a Capybara which is the largest rodent in the world.

Posted by TXK Today on Sunday, August 30, 2015

1. Red River Flooding (500,000+ views)

In late May the Red River flooded closing Highway 71, Highway 8, and U.S. 259. Our combined articles covering the flood over the span of two weeks got over half a million views. Our story about Index bridge closing on May 29 received over 4,500 Facebook shares.

Highway 71 is closing. Southbound lanes shutting down now. Northbound will most likely be closed within the hour. Here is a look from 7:00 a.m. Friday morning. http://wp.me/p4s3Ba-3nk for the latest.

Posted by TXK Today on Friday, May 29, 2015

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