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City of Kirbyville cancels Boil Water notice
KIRBYVILLE -- THe City of Kirbyville has rescinded the Boil Water notice that it was required to issue on March 3, due to live repairs on Kay St. and loss of pressure in the system.The City says it has taken necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results indicating that the water no longer requires boiling. It you have nay questions contact Tony Stark at 622-9369 or City Hall at 423-6191.

Cheniere offers statement on morning sit-down

Iva Zagar, Communication Manager with Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals issued the following statement on what she called a "sit-down" by employees this morning in the kitchen at the Cheniere LNG facility in Cameron, LA.

 

Cheniere is adding a liquefication facility to the plant across the river from Sabine Pass to allow it to cool down natural gas for export.

 

"A group of employees on our Sabine Pass site has recently questioned their colleagues’ wage increase. Some 300 of them mounted a sit-down in the lunch tent on the site this morning. Bechtel site leadership talked to the employees, and after a short period of time the majority of employees returned to work.

 

 "The work of the 4,000-strong site team continues safely and without interruption.

 

"Bechtel is an employer of choice, and offers industry-competitive wages and benefits. We value our people and appreciate the work of our craft professionals. They are an important part of the team making the impossible possible on Bechtel projects around the globe."

 

Chambers County Sheriff: bodies found matching description of two missing teens

CHAMBERS COUNTY -- Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told a a press conference this morning that a warrant has been issued by Chambers County Sheriff’s Office for 20 year old Brandon Alejandro Flores, H/M for the charge of Capital Murder in the deaths of two missing teens from Baytown.

Deputies are also looking for Jose Juan Chavez, 17, who is described as a person of interest in the case. 

 

Tune into KFDM Channel 6 tonight at 5, 6 and 10pm for more on this story and check in with KFDM.com for updates.

 

The Sheriff said Chambers County Sheriff’s deputies, and Baytown Police detectives, about 3:45 pm yesterday discovered the bodies of two young males meeting the physical description and clothing description of two missing teenagers from Baytown.

 

He said the bodies were discovered in the west fork of Double Bayou, just south of Eagle Ferry Road bridge. The bodies were intact considering the elements. Preliminary investigation shows the bodies were moved from another rural and remote area of Chambers County to the location where they were found.

 

Sheriff Hawthorne thanked Chief Keith Dougherty and the Baytown Police Department detectives for their vigilance and perseverance in this investigation.

 

He extended his condolences to the families of the two victims.

 

This investigation is ongoing and all leads are being investigated. If anyone has information in this case they are encouraged to call the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 209-267-2500.


You can also contact the Crime Stoppers of Chambers County at 409-267-4019. Crime Stoppers pays cash and you will remain anonymous.

 

 

BISD files lawsuit to recover money from McCraney, Allison

JEFFERSON COUNTY - KFDM has obtained a copy of a lawsuit the Beaumont ISD has filed against Devin McCraney, the former Director of Finance, and Sharika Allison, the former Comptroller, to recover more than $4 million stolen from the district.

A federal judge sentenced both of the former BISD employees to prison after they pleaded guilty to millions of dollars from the district.

Click here to read lawsuit against McCraney

Couple charged with murder in death of elderly Jasper County man

JASPER COUNTY - A man and woman are now charged with murder in the death of an elderly Jasper County man, according to information Sheriff Mitchel Newman provided to KFDM News.

Robert Mounts, 48, and Ashley Lewis, 29, were charged with murder in the death of Herbert Deaton.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Billingsley set their bonds at $500,000 each.

They're in the Jasper County Jail.

Sheriff Newman told KFDM it would be up to the District Attorney's Office to look at the case and determine whether to increase the charges to capital murder.

Both had been jailed on other charges linked to the Deaton case, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and credit/debit card abuse.

Deputies arrested the pair last month at a motel in Indiana.

Daylight Savings Time this weekend: set clocks forward one hour

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: daylight saving time arrives this weekend. 


Most Americans will set their clocks 60 minutes forward before heading to bed Saturday night, and most smart phones should update automatically.


Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. You may lose an hour of sleep, but daylight saving time promises an extra hour of evening light for months ahead.


It's also a good time to put new batteries in warning devices such as smoke detectors and hazard warning radios. The time change is not observed by Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. Daylight saving time ends Nov. 1.

1 death, 47 patients as school bus, truck collide near Seattle

WENATCHEE, Wash. - One person was killed and 47 patients were taken to the hospital Thursday after the driver of a large box truck fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a school bus and passenger car on rural Highway 97 in Douglas County, the Washington State Patrol said.



Trooper Darren Wright of the Washington State Patrol says 22-year-old Carmela Cuellar Morales, who was driving the car, was killed in the 8:10 a.m. crash about five miles north of Orondo.



At least seven other people were "heavily injured," said Chief Jim Oatey of Douglas County Fire District 4, including the driver and passenger in the box truck and a 12-year-old girl who was riding in the car.


Dozens of students of all ages were aboard the school bus, operated by the Orondo School District.

 

"When the truck crashed the bus, I (fell) and the kids fell out of the seats," said 6-year-old Jasmine Gaona, who was sporting a bandaged knee after being released from the hospital.



Officials initially said five students and the school bus driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Later, state troopers said 43 students, the bus driver, the two occupants of the box truck and the 12-year-old girl in the car were taken to the hospital to be checked out or treated for injuries. 



"We did see a few fractures," said Tracey Kasnic, Chief Nursing Officer at Confluence Health. "But mostly bumps, bruises and lacerations."



None of the students needed to be admitted, Wright said.



Investigators say it appears the driver of the large box truck collided head-on with the passenger car, then careened head-on into the school bus. The driver of the car and a passenger in the box truck had to be removed from the tangled wreckage with special extrication equipment.



"We are investigating the truck (driver) for fatigue issues," Wright said. "He crossed the center line and struck the vehicles."



State Patrol reports also show the driver of the box truck, identified as 54-year-old Kenneth A. Hahn, was involved in another crash near the same spot on US-97 just over a year ago. 



On Feb. 13, 2014, Hahn was driving a 1998 International Van truck when he crossed the center line about 10 miles north of Orondo and struck a Honda Pilot with three people inside, including a 3-year-old boy, according to the crash report. All three survived but the two adults in the Pilot were hospitalized. The report states Hahn was cited with driving over the centerline.



There is one school in the town of Orondo, a combination elementary-middle school with about 160 students. The bus was on its way there with a full load of students at the time of the crash.



Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said it was the worst accident in his 30-year career in law enforcement. "Anything involving a school bus causes great concern - sad, sad," he said.



Millie Watkins, superintendent of the Orondo School District, agreed. "Obviously, this has been upsetting for everyone," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Jobs report soars; unemployment drops to 5.5

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A burst of hiring in February underscored the resilience and confidence of U.S. businesses, which are adding workers at the fastest pace in 17 years. Yet the strong job gains did little to raise wages last month.


The unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent, the government said Friday. But the rate declined mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed.


The average hourly wage rose just 3 cents to $24.78 an hour. Average hourly pay has now risen just 2 percent over the past 12 months, barely ahead of inflation.


Still, over that time, 3.3 million more Americans have gotten jobs. More jobs and lower gas prices have led many consumers to step up spending. That's boosting the economy, offsetting sluggish growth overseas and giving employers the confidence to hire.


Most economists have forecast that the economy will grow about 3 percent this year, supporting about 250,000 job gains a month. Those increases should raise pay this year, they say.


Friday's figures provide "more evidence that the labor market is recovering rapidly, with employment growth more than strong enough to keep the unemployment rate trending down," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics. Falling unemployment "makes more acceleration in wages increasingly likely."


At 5.5 percent, the unemployment rate has now reached the top of the range the Federal Reserve has said is consistent with a healthy economy. That could make it more likely that the Fed will raise interest rates from record lows as early as June.


"This is quite a symbolic change that increases the pressure on the Fed to hike rates in June," said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics said.


Indeed, after the jobs report was released Friday, investors sold ultra-safe U.S. Treasurys, a sign that many anticipate a Fed rate hike. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.24 percent from 2.11 percent before the report was issued.


Investors also sold stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 103 points in morning trading.

11th Annual Jasper Air Show to feature crowd favorites

JASPER --  The 11th Annual Jasper Air Show and Fly-in will feature the most "war birds we have ever had," event organizer Debbie Foster  with KJAS says.

It's all part of the excitement of the show which will feature the return of the World War II Bomber "Devil Dog," a B-25 from Georgetown Texas. Also, Internationally known aerobatics performer Skip Stewart will be flying his spectacular routine in the "Prometheus."


A crowd favorite, Dr. Stan Musick will do aerobatics in a North American P-51 D Mustang, and Chris Avery will fly the F4U Corsair, both from the Southern Heritage Air Foundation of Tallulah, Louisiana.

Other planes and pilots will include: Randy Henderson and the Texas T-Cart, Jeremy Holt- Skybolt, Aaron Taylor – AT6, Steve "Lizard" Richmond and Pat "Glider" Tuckey – RV’s, and a Zero, and Kate "TORA" planes from the Commemorative Air Force.

The B-25, P-51, Corsair, and "TORA" Zero planes will perform a re-enactment of a World War II bombing run.

It's a once in a life time thrill to ride in the B-25 Devil Dog and the crew will be offering plane rides at a cost of $395.00 per person. Call KJAS radio in Jasper, Texas to make your reservation or for more information at 409-384-2626.


The Re-Max sky –diving team, led by Al Saylor, will open up the show with their multi-jumper parachutes, and Ross Boyett will fly his remote controlled airplane for the crowd right before the show.



There will be lots of food vendors with delicious food items, so come hungry. Mooney Fun Jumps will also be on location for the children, and Dream Big Entertainment, an authentic and fully restored A-7D Corsair II attack Fighter, will be there for a photo memory opportunity.


Gates open at 9:00 a.m. for static display on both days. On display will be a Stearman, Super Cub, Piper Cub, L-19 Birddog, and more!



Arm bands are available at KJAS Radio in advance and at the gate: Prices are remaining the same as the last two years. Ages 13 and up- $15.00, ages 4 through 12 - $5.00, and children 3 and under are FREE!



The EAA Chapter 1356 of Leesville, LA will provide free "Young Eagles" rides for children ages 8 -17. 


Due to FAA and DOT Regulations: Ice Chests, Large Bags, Back packs, Containers, Animals or Pets will not be allowed on Airport Grounds.


This is this year's 11th annual Jasper Airshow t-shirt. Adults $15 and kids $10. Thanks to Keith Hale at Sandy Creek Printing fo Rd the design and Robbie Lovett and his company Everything For You for the print job. You can purchase now or at the airshow, March 21st and 22nd. Call Debbie Foster at KJAS (409) 384-2626.

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