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Pair sought by Jasper PD for passing fake $100 bills

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The Jasper Police Department is requesting your help in finding man and woman pair suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills.


They are believed to be traveling in a 

white Doge Challenger with black hood stripes and black rectangular design on the sides.


Chief Robert MacDonald says the pair passed about seven to nine of the $100 bills as they passed through Jasper.


The fake bills showed up on a bank deposit Nov. 18.


The pair is also being sought in Montgomery County for passing the fake bills.


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Volunteers deliver more than food to seniors
BEAUMONT-By Jennifer Gordy

Turkey, dressing and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast. 

A feast Leonard Joubert is delivering to home bound seniors. 

"I feel great because I'm able to help someone, ya know, I just thank God for my health.  I'm old and I'm not on no medication or nothing and I see people that's less fortunate than me and they really need help so I enjoy helping deliver food to them or whatever I can do to assist them," Joubert said.

Joubert and other volunteers, including a brownie troop, are helping deliver Thanksgiving meals for Nutrition and Services for Seniors. 

Norma Jean Smith says the volunteers brighten her day.

"All of them have their own little way though and it's beautiful because it's like family," Smith said.

Elaine Shellenberger runs the non-profit.

She says many of those they serve don't have family nearby.

"So, it's really important and it makes us feel good to be able to deliver this meal because we consider them part of our family, too," Shellenberger said.

"I have fun with them talk with them. I enjoy delivering the meal and they enjoy seeing me, too, because I cause them to laugh. I have fun with them, joke with them.  I think it's necessary that I volunteer and help those that are less fortunate than I am because I am truly blessed," Joubert said.

Delivering more than food into their lives.

Brown family blast prosecutor handling of case

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Attorneys for Michael Brown's family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground.


The attorneys said the grand jury process was rigged from the start to clear the white officer, Darren Wilson, in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown, who was black. And they criticized everything from the types of evidence St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch presented to the jury to the way it was presented and the timing of the grand jury's decision. They also said they hope that a federal civil rights investigation will result in charges against Wilson.


"We said from the very beginning that the decision of this grand jury was going to be the direct reflection of the presentation of the evidence by the prosecutor's office," said attorney Anthony Gray, who suggested McCulloch presented some testimony, including from witnesses who did not see the shooting, to discredit the process.


Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered hundreds of more National Guardsmen into Ferguson to help local law enforcement keep order in the St. Louis suburb. Twelve commercial buildings in Ferguson were burned down during the protests that erupted after the grand jury's decision was announced Monday night, and firefighters responded to blazes at eight others, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Fair said. Other businesses were looted, and 12 vehicles also were torched.


There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing, and 21 in St. Louis, where protesters broke some store windows along South Grand Avenue.


Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, "I don't think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community."


At least 18 people were injured and sought treatment at area hospitals, including someone who was shot and was recovering Tuesday at SSM DePaul Health Center. The hospital didn't give any details about the shooting. Two other people were admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for undisclosed injuries. Everyone else was treated and released.


Brown's parents made public calls for peace in the run-up to Monday's announcement, and on Tuesday, their representatives again stressed that those setting fires and engaging in violence were not on Michael Brown's side.


There were several protests during the day Tuesday, including one in Clayton, where the grand jury met, in which clergy members and others blocked morning traffic for several hours and another in downtown St. Louis where demonstrators swarmed the steps of a federal courthouse and stopped traffic. Nobody was arrested at the Clayton protest and at least four people were arrested at the one in St. Louis.


Many area districts cancelled classes out of concern for the safety of students traveling to and from school.


The grand jury's decision means that Wilson will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many black Americans and police.


Attorneys for Brown's family said they hope that an ongoing federal civil rights investigation will lead to charges. For that to happen, though, investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof in order to mount a prosecution. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.


Regardless of the outcome of those investigations, Brown's family could also file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wilson.

Wilson's lawyers issued a statement praising the decision and saying the officer, who has remained out of the public eye since the shooting, is grateful to his supporters.


"Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions," the lawyers wrote. "Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law."


McCulloch, seeming defensive, spoke for 45 minutes on Monday while explaining the grand jury's decision. He said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms. He repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous witness accounts, and he never once mentioned that Brown was unarmed.


As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, sat atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters. The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing and pelting them with objects, including a bullhorn. The officers stood their ground.


The protest became more chaotic, with protesters looting and setting fire to businesses and vehicles, including at least two police cars. Officers eventually lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds.


Shortly after the announcement, authorities released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents, including Wilson's testimony.


Wilson told jurors that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and, when he told them to move to a sidewalk, Brown responded with an expletive. Wilson then noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, "and that's when it clicked for me," he said, referring to a radio report minutes earlier of a robbery at a nearby convenience store.


Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional police, and then backed his vehicle up in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said Brown slammed it back shut.


The officer said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face, leading him to draw his gun and threaten to shoot Brown. He said Brown grabbed the gun and, fearing for his life, he fired it. Brown then fled and Wilson gave chase. At some point, Brown turned around to face the officer.


Witness accounts were conflicted about whether Brown walked, stumbled or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded, McCulloch said. There were also differing accounts of how or whether Brown's hands were raised. His body fell about 153 feet from Wilson's vehicle.


The August shooting heightened tensions in the predominantly black suburb that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force. As Brown's body lay for hours in the center of a residential street, an angry crowd of onlookers gathered. Rioting and looting occurred the following night, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.


Protests continued for weeks - often peacefully, but sometimes turning violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and police firing smoke canisters, tear gas and rubber bullets. Nixon briefly summoned the National Guard.


Ashon Bumaka, 46, of nearby Black Jack, surveyed the damage Tuesday morning.


"As you can see, it's sad man ... this don't look like a city in the United States. Right now this looks like some foreign area that the government has betrayed the people."


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Link to grand jury documents: http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/-documents/ferguson-shooting/ .

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Associated Press writers Alan Scher Zagier in Clayton, Andale Gross and Jim Suhr in Ferguson and Catherine Lucey in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report. Follow David A. Lieb at: https://twitter.com/DavidALieb .

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Tuesday morning in Ferguson reveals extent of damage following grand jury decision

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

Stay with KFDM and CBS News for the latest on the aftermath in Ferguson.

Smoke billowed from some businesses Tuesday morning and shattered glass covered the sidewalks in front of others, but the streets in Ferguson were mostly clear.

Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said there were 21 arrests in the city, where some protesters broke business windows along South Grand Avenue.

Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, "I don't think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community."

The grand jury's decision means that Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many black Americans and police.

"They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence," he said, adding that the jurors "poured their hearts and soul into this process."

In the first flash of unrest after the grand jury announcement, Belmar said he told officers to back off, suggesting they handle the situation as if it were a festival or baseball game. But the situation quickly "spun out of control," as protesters looted businesses and set fire to numerous vehicles, including at least two police cars. Officers eventually lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds.

As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, sat atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.

The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground.

The prosecutor also was critical of the media, saying "the most significant challenge" for his office was a "24-hour news cycle and an insatiable appetite for something — for anything — to talk about."

McCulloch never mentioned that Brown was unarmed when he was killed.

Brown's family released a statement saying they were "profoundly disappointed" but asked that the public "channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

Shortly after the announcement, authorities released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents, including Wilson's testimony.

Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional police, and then backed his vehicle up in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said Brown slammed it back shut.

The officer said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: "What do I do not to get beaten inside my car."

"I drew my gun," Wilson told the grand jury. "I said, 'Get back or I'm going to shoot you.'

"He immediately grabs my gun and says, 'You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,'" Wilson told grand jurors. He said Brown grabbed the gun with his right hand, twisted it and "digs it into my hip."

After shots were fired in the vehicle, Brown fled and Wilson gave chase. At some point, Brown turned around to face the officer.

Witness accounts were conflicted about whether Brown walked, stumbled or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded, McCulloch said. There were also differing accounts of how or whether Brown's hands were raised. His body fell about 153 feet from Wilson's vehicle.

Thousands of people rallied — mostly peacefully — in other U.S. cities on Monday night, and President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both protesters and police to show restraint.

"We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make," Obama said. He said it was understandable that some Americans would be angered, but echoed Brown's parents in calling for peaceful protests.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof in order to mount a prosecution. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.

Regardless of the outcome of those investigations, Brown's family could also file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wilson.

The Aug. 9 shooting heightened tensions in the predominantly black suburb that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force. As Brown's body lay for hours in the center of a residential street, an angry crowd of onlookers gathered. Rioting and looting occurred the following night, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.

Protests continued for weeks — often peacefully, but sometimes turning violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and police firing smoke canisters, tear gas and rubber bullets. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon briefly summoned the National Guard.

"Those are dreams," Johnson said. "Those are small-business owners, and we've torn those dreams away."

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Link to grand jury documents: http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_documents/ferguson-shooting/.

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Associated Press writers Alan Scher Zagier in Clayton, Andale Gross and Jim Suhr in Ferguson and Catherine Lucey in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report. Follow David A. Lieb at: https://twitter.com/DavidALieb.


Rescue begins for Manatee in Chambers County

Seaworld of San Antonio is assisting state and local Wildlife officials in Chambers County in the rescue of a Manatee trapped in cold waters of Trinity Bay.

Two new videos of the manatee being lifted from the bay to the truck have been posted by Chambers Nature Tourism

You can view them  HERE and HERE

Clay Jacobs who has been helping the Chambers County with its tourism site www.ChambersWild.com said the rescue team of dozens of rescuers is trying to keep the public away from the site to protect the manatee.Jacob said the Manatee which Florida officials say winters in the Tampa Bay area, apparently took a swim and got caught up in warm currents of the Gulf and following them into Trinity Bay.  


When the hard freezes of last week came along, the Manatee found its way toward the cooling plant for an NRG generating station at the top part of Trinity Bay. The cooling plant uses cooler water to cool the electric generation, and the output is warmer water.

See this video of the Manatee posted on YouTube by ChambersWild.com

That station is a plant that is called upon to produce electricity in periods of high demand. The cold weather spiked electric use and the plant was operating.  When warmer weather came in the latter part of the week, the plant cut operations and the cooling plant was no longer putting out warm water.


Jacob and other officials whom KFDM talked to, said that the Manatee can not survive the cool 60 degree water of the Bay, for long. "His internal organs will start shutting down and he will have build up of oil in his liver -- he won't last long," Jacob said.

He said he has been in touch with the team of  savethemanatee.org/.   He said the manatee has been identified by Florida officials using scars on his body.  Manatees are sometimes struck by pleasure boat propellers in shallow waters causing unique scars.


That site notes that "Manatees are a migratory species. Within the United States, they are concentrated in Florida in the winter. In summer months, they can be found as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts, but summer sightings in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are more common."

Average gasoline prices continue dropping as holiday approaches

BEAUMONT - The average price for one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped 6 cents this week in Beaumont, according to the weekly price survey released Tuesday by AAA Texas, but it's still higher than the average in any of the other cities surveyed.

 

The Beaumont average is $2.63. It was $3.07 at this time one year ago. The record average high in Beaumont is $4 a gallon in July 2008.

 

Amarillo has the lowest average in Texas at $2.49.

 

 

 

(Irving, TX) – From AAA Texas

 

The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Texas has dropped again before the start of the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period.  Drivers are now paying $2.60 per gallon, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That price is eight cents less than one week ago and 53 cents less than one year ago.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in Beaumont are paying the most at $2.63 per gallon while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.49 per gallon.  Nationally, drivers are paying an average of $2.81 per gallon which is 21 cents more than the average in Texas.

 

AAA Texas projects 3.6 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period (Wednesday through Sunday).  That’s a 5.2 percent increase in travel volume from last year and the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.  Of the 3.6 million who will travel in the Lone Star State, 3.3 million will go by automobile.

 

“Those who will take road trips for the Thanksgiving holiday will appreciate the lower prices at the pump compared to years past,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “We are enjoying these lower fuel prices as a result of global oil production exceeding demand and relatively few issues at local refineries,” said Shupe.

 

AAA Texas offers the following tips to keep road trips safe this holiday weekend:

 

  • Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
  • Get plenty of sleep (at least seven hours) the night before a long trip.
  • Keep doors locked, safety belts buckled and children in properly installed safety seats.
  • Obey the speed limit including work zones.
  • Don’t drive distracted by mobile devices, food, music or other passengers.
  • Don’t let gas tank fall below 1/3 tank.
  • Stay on main roads and highways and don’t forget your AAA mapping tools.
  • Pack a flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit.
  • When stopping for breaks, never let children go off alone and always lock vehicle doors.
  • Carry a mobile phone and car phone charger in case of emergencies.
  • Don’t stop to help a disabled vehicle but instead, call for help.
  • Never drink and drive.

 

To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service.  AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at AAA.com/Repair.  AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting www.AAA.com.  Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas

 

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