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Houston man shoots son, mistaking him for burglar

HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston man could face charges after mistaking his son for a burglar and shooting him, sending him to the hospital. 

Police say that when the unidentified man heard what sounded like a burglar in his home at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, he fired at the individual. 

The person the man fired at turned out to be his son.

KHOU-TV reports the son suffered a gunshot wound to an eye. He was transported to a Houston hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.

Police say they have taken the father into custody while they investigate the shooting


Possible drone found on White House lawn

WASHINGTON (AP) — A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.

It was unclear whether their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at home at the time of the incident with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House. The White House had said before the president's trip that the daughters would remain in Washington so not to miss school.

The Secret Service had no immediate comment on what it found.

Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, speaking in New Delhi, did not deny that the object found at the White House was an aerial drone. Drones come in various sizes, some quite small, with purposes ranging from surveillance to recreational toys.

"There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House," Earnest said when asked if a drone was found. "The early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House."

Police, fire and other emergency vehicles swarmed around the White House in the predawn hours, with several clustered near the southeast entrance to the mansion. The White House was dark and the entire perimeter was on lockdown until around 5 a.m., when those who work in the complex were allowed inside.

After daylight, more than a dozen Secret Service officers fanned out in a search across the White House lawn as snow began to fall. They peered down in the grass and used flashlights to look through the large bushes that line the mansion's driveway.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, were the featured guests Monday at a parade celebrating India's Republic Day. They planned to stop in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before returning to Washington.

While the circumstances of this incident were not immediately clear, previous security breaches at the White House have led to questions about the Secret Service's effectiveness.

Four high-ranking executives were reassigned this month, and former director Julia Pierson was forced to resign last year after a Texas man armed with a knife was able to get over a White House fence in September and run deep into the executive mansion before being subdued.

An independent panel that investigated the agency's leadership and practices in the wake of the September incident and the disclosure of a previously unreported security breach that month recommended hiring a new director from outside the agency.

That report was the second critical review of the agency responsible for protecting the president. In November, the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the Secret Service, released an internal investigation about the fence-scaling incident that found poor training, staff and a series of missteps led to the breach.

Homeland Security investigators found, among other things, that uniformed agents patrolling the White House grounds the night of Sept. 19 mistakenly assumed that thick bushes near the mansion's front door would stop the intruder.

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Jobless rate falls in Southeast Texas

BEAUMONT/Port Arthur - The unemployment rate in Southeast Texas is falling.

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According to a report the Texas Workforce Commission released Friday, the jobless rate in Beaumont-Port Arthur was 6.4% in December 2014. That's down from 9.2% in December 2013 and a drop from the 6.9% rate in November 2014.

AUSTIN –From Texas Workforce Commission

Texas employers added jobs in impressive fashion in 2014 with the increase of 457,900 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs over the year. December was the fifth straight month of record-breaking annual job growth for the Lone Star State. Over the month, the state gained 45,700 jobs, marking 51 straight months of employment growth.

In addition, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in December down from 4.9 percent in November, and down from 6.0 percent a year ago. This was the lowest Texas unemployment rate since May 2008.

"Texas finished 2014 on a positive note adding 457,900 jobs over the year, its fifth straight month of record-setting annual job growth," said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. "Every major industry added jobs over the year, benefiting from a strong business climate and a growing, competitive and high quality Texas workforce."

Seven of 11 major industries saw an increase in jobs in Texas in December. Those increases included 14,800 positions in Professional and Business Services, 6,800 jobs in Education and Health Services and 5,100 Construction jobs added.

"The state’s steady job growth is great news for Texas workers," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "We continue to work with our local Workforce Solutions partners to strive for an environment where there is a good-paying job for every Texan who wants one. Many great opportunities can be found on We encourage employers and job seekers to use this valuable resource."

Mining and Logging employment rebounded in December, adding 4,900 jobs after a loss of 2,400 positions in November. This was the second largest monthly gain for the year for the industry, which saw an 11.5 percent annual growth rate over the year with the addition of 33,900 positions. Job gains were also seen in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry with 5,900 positions added in December.

"Texas’ private-sector employers added 420,200 jobs over the year," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "This growth continues to position our state as one of the best places in the world to live, work and do business."

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest December unemployment rate in the state at 2.1 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 2.6 percent and the Amarillo MSA ranked third at 2.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

Audio downloads from Commissioner Alcantar on the latest labor market data are available at: Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit

No injuries after hard landing at Kirbyville airport

KIRBYVILLE - A pilot and his father walked away from a hard landing at the Kirbyville airport Saturday.

According to the DPS, Stacy Moore, 37, of Slidell, Louisiana, and his father, Anthony Moore, 66, were not injured.  

At about 1:50 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a plane crash at the Kirbyville Airport in Jasper County. 

According to the pilot, he took off from the Kirbyville Airport in a Mooney N-10 Cadet aircraft.  As soon as he was in the air, he experienced strong crosswinds and lost control of the plane.  The plane crashed near runway 31 at the Kirbyville airport. 

At this time, there are no confirmed injuries and Troopers are en route to the crash scene to interview the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.


Off-duty officer helps catch men accused of robbing employees at Whataburger inside Mont Belvieu Walmart

CHAMBERS COUNTY - The Chambers County Sheriff's Office has arrested several men accused of ordering employees to the floor at gunpoint and robbing the Whataburger inside the new Walmart in Mont Belvieu.

No one was hurt and investigators caught three of the four accused of taking part in the crime.

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne says at about 2 a.m. January 23, two men walked into the new Walmart on Higway 146, south of Interstate 10 in Mont Belvieu, and went to the Whataburger restaurant inside the store. They ordered employees to the floor at gunpoint.

Off duty officer Travis Mendenhall with the Mont Belvieu Police Department was at the Whataburger and notified 911 while observing at a distance. As the men drove away, Officer Mendenhall followed the vehicle and continued giving a description including the direction of travel. Baytown Police stopped the vehicle at the Interstate 10 and John Martin Road exit.

Taken into custody are: David Brown, b/m, 30 years old, Lionel Biggs, b/m, 28 years old, Jovanni Rubin, b/m, 20 years old.

Investigators say James Lindsey, b/m, 25 years old, was able to escape and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. All four suspects are from the Houston area.  

“I salute the keen observation and professionalism of Mont Belvieu Police Officer Travis Mendenhall for contacting the sheriff’s office and coordinating with Baytown Police Department to apprehend these career criminals” said Sheriff Hawthorne. 

This case has been turned over to the Chambers County Criminal Investigations Division and anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at: 409-267-2500.

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