A fire at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Tyler broke out in the kitchen area shortly after the restaurant closed last night. Smoke was seen coming from the roof of the restaurant when firefighters arrived around 11 p.m., but no flames were visible.

Tyler Fire Investigators say the fire was confined to a kitchen hood vent system and spread to some insulation in the attic, causing minor damage. Inspectors will be checking today for any structural damage to the attic area.

The Health Department is also expected to be at the restaurant today and it’s unclear at this time if the establishment will open at normal operating hours. A spokesperson at Texas Roadhouse said they hope to open for at least a few hours this evening.

No injuries were reported in last night’s fire.

 

Smith County Constable Indicted

A special Smith County grand jury has indicted a Smith County Constable.

The indictment charges Precinct three Constable Dustin Rust of operating a private security company without a license and misuse of funds .

The two felony indictments and one misdemeanor charge were handed down by the grand jury Monday .

 

Longview Police Catch Three Car Thieves

The three suspects were arrested around 1:30 a.m. today when Lieutenant Ben Kemper observed suspicious activity near the 500 Block of Baylor Drive. When the suspects realized they had been seen by police looking into vehicles they attempted to flee the area in a white 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. Police pursued the vehicle over a large portion of the City before deploying spike strips in the 1400 block of Parkview Street.

Three suspects were taken into custody including a 14 year-old juvenile. The two adults arrested were Adrian Cerda, 17, of Longview and Edwin Enrique Alarcon-Najera, 19, also of Longview. Cerda was charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle. Najera was charged with two counts of burglary of avehicle and evading arrest in a vehicle .