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Gladewater Police Chief Robert Vine reports:

Gladewater Police continue to investigate an incident where Keylan Neal, 28, of Gladewater, was discovered in the 500 block of North Street with what appeared to be a gunshot wound on his neck.

The incident occurred on Monday, April 18, 2017, around 11 AM.

Neal was flown to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery is expected to survive.
No suspect information is available at this time and Detectives are still diligently working to piece together the limited information available to determine what actually took place.

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TYLER – A 38-year-old Gilmer woman has been sentenced to federal prison following a lengthy investigation into a synthetic drug operation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Shanna Peek Tidwell pleaded guilty on Dec. 6, 2016, to conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. Assets to be forfeited by the defendant included U.S. currency and bank accounts totaling over $1.2 million, real property, precious metals, two airplanes, six automobiles, other vehicles, and firearms.

On Dec. 3, 2014, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement executed federal arrest warrants and search warrants in Longview, Texas as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tyler Task Force. In April 2014, law enforcement agencies, initiated an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation into a synthetic drug trafficking organization based in the Gregg County, Texas area. This investigation involved extensive surveillance and controlled purchases of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, and drug paraphernalia.

The operation resulted in the arrest of Tidwell, her husband, Jeremy Chad Tidwell, 41, of Gilmer, and brother-in-law, Brian Tidwell, 45, of Arlington, Texas. Four retail stores, all located in Longview, were searched as part of the law enforcement operation. Over $1.2 million, including in excess of $450,000 in cash, multiple vehicles, and large quantities of synthetic drugs were seized.

The defendants were indicted in a superseding indictment by a federal grand jury on Feb. 19, 2015. Charges included conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Schedule I controlled substances and controlled substance analogues, conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, conspiracy to sell and offer for sale drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and maintaining a place for the distribution of a controlled substance or controlled substance analogue.

This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

The DEA Task Force in Tyler includes officers from the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Kilgore Police Department, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, as well as DEA Special Agents.

Other agencies assisting in the joint investigative effort included the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Texas, DEA Tyler Task Force, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit (CODE), Longview Police Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Kilgore Police Department, Lakeport Police Department, Gladewater Police Department, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Ann Cozby.

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Gladewater police probe Tuesday shooting

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Posted by Gladewater Mirror on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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A Gladewater Police Officer has been cleared by a Gregg County grand jury in the November 5, 2016, death of Patrick Michael Wise. The investigation was conducted by the Texas Rangers, according to the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office.
On Saturday, November 5, 2016, at approximately 12:47 am, Gladewater Police Officer Robert Carlsen conducted a stop on a vehicle just north of West Upshur Avenue (Hwy 80) in the city of Gladewater.  As Carlsen and another officer approached the stopped vehicle, it sped off leading officers on a short pursuit. Once the vehicle stopped again, the driver, later identified as Patrick Michael Wise of Gladewater, fled on foot. Officer Carlsen quickly located Wise in an open field at Hwy 80 and East Lake Drive. After Wise refused Carlsen’s requests, Carlsen attempted to use his taser but was unsuccessful in doing so.
In the ensuing fight, which was recorded by Carlsen’s body worn camera, Carlsen can be heard struggling to provide dispatch and other officers his location. Audio from the camera recording revealed that Wise threatened to kill Carlsen and tells Carlsen “I’ve got a strap.” Wise tells Carlsen to get on the ground or else he will be shot just moments before the sound of gunfire is heard on the recording. According to the official autopsy, Wise was struck 5 or 6 times. Location of the wounds indicated that Wise was facing the officer when the shots were fired.
Civilian witnesses reported that they heard the threats made by Wise and one indicated he was about to go assist the officer just before the shots were fired. The witnesses also told investigators that Wise was circling the officer while the officer was on the ground.
At the time of the incident, Wise had two outstanding felony warrants.

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