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Former Crystal Beach fire chief booked and released following indictments

GALVESTON COUNTY - The former Crystal Beach fire chief was booked and released Tuesday after posting bond on charges of Theft and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property.

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office reports David Loop, 56, surrendered Tuesday morning at the Sheriff's Office.

The grand jury indicted Loop last week on charges of Theft by a Public Servant, a 2nd degree felony, and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, a 3rd degree felony.

The indictments are the result of a 9 month investigation by Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation  Detectives, the District Attorney's Fraud Examiner and the Public Integity Prosecutor.

According to sheriff's investigators, Loop is accused of using the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department's credit card at a Louisiana race track and casino in the amount of more than $25,000.00. Investigators also say he's accused of misappropriating more than $45,000.00 of the department's money. 

Loop's bonds are $10,000.00 for the Theft charge and $5,000.00 for the Misapplication of Fiduciary Property charge.

Fatal accident backs up traffic on I-10 near state line in Louisiana

TEXAS/LOUISIANA STATE LINE - A fatal accident is backing up traffic in Texas near the state line in Louisiana.

Louisiana State Police are reporting the driver of a rental truck ran into an 18 wheeler at about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Eastbound IH-10 at mile marker 2.

The right-hand lane remained closed late into the morning. Investigators aren't sure when it'll reopen. The left lane is open. Traffic is backed up into Texas.


Oil and gas well blowout in Tyler County

TYLER COUNTY - First responders are working an oil and gas well blowout near Dam B in Tyler County.

Dale Freeman, the Tyler County Emergency Management Coordinator, says a company was putting together some equipment for drilling an oil and gas well for another company when it blew out at about 1 a.m. Monday, about seven miles north of Highway 190, north of Dam B.

Natural gas was released and oil began leaking into the Tamplin Creek. They called a clean-up crew that captured all of the oil that went down the creek.

There were no injuries. Workers were evacuated from the scene.

There is still oil and natural gas coming out of the well. Workers are containing the oil before it flows into the creek.

There is a safety zone, a quarter to half mile away. No residents live in that area.


ATV accident kills man in Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in an ATV accident.

Deputies say they received a 911 call shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday August 30 reporting an accident at the private Sabine ATV Park in Burkeville. 

Chief Cynthia Hall and Officer Joshua Beckman responded to the call along with EMS.  They found a 22 year old man who was unresponsive. Toi Calvin Warren, 22, of Louisiana, died at the scene.

Justice of the Peace Connie Smith pronounced him dead.


Fire damages Beaumont home

BEAUMONT - Beaumont firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home in the north end of town.

The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the 11000 block of Pine Haven.  When firefighters arrived, flames had engulfed the rear of the single, two story home. The flames prevented firefighters from immediately going inside. It took more than one hour to control the flames.

Neighbors said one person lives in the home but the person wasn't there at the time of the fire.


BISD axes school bus transportation for after school activities
BEAUMONT - Another big change at the Beaumont school district, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Buses for after school activities have been suspended indefinitely. That means no buses for athletic practices, band, cheerleading, volleyball, drill team and other extracurricular activities.

Also, buses that have transported students home after games have been suspended.

Tutorial buses for after school activities have been suspended as well.

It's part of the budget the board of managers adopted last week that cut expenses at the district.

A BISD spokesperson says the change may be revisited in the future.

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