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Vidor Police release name of hit-and-run fatality victim

VIDOR - Vidor Police are releasing the name of a man they say is a victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident on the I-10 service road.

Carlton Lee Newman, 46, of Ore City, near Longview, died in the collision Tuesday morning.

Vidor Police Chief David Shows says the accident was reported at about 5 a.m. Tuesday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 at Concord Street.

Investigators say they're trying to determine the events leading up to the fatal hit-and-run.

Detective Chris Pearson with Vidor P.D. tells KFDM News the victim had a hard hat as well as clothing and tools indicating he was going to a job site, perhaps a construction job. He may have been heading to a nearby shopping center as a pickup point for a ride to work.

Detective Pearson says it's clear the driver knew he or she had struck Newman. Tire marks show the driver swerved off the service road and then got back on and drove away.

Pearson says drivers should do the right thing following a collision. They should stop and render aid or call 911.

If you have information about the fatal hit-and-run collision call Vidor Police at 769-4561.

Sprinkler line break affecting Parkdale Mall

BEAUMONT - A sprinkler line break has caused some water to get into 10-12 stores at Parkdale Mall, according to information the mall general manager has provided to KFDM News.

The break is in the front area of the mall. City crews have now stopped the leak.

The mall will open as scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday but some stores could be impacted, including Ulta and 10-12 other stores near the site of the break.

CITY OF BEAUMONT: Shortly after 5:00 A.M. Tuesday, Beaumont Fire Rescue was alerted to a water leak at Parkdale Mall, 6155 Eastex Frwy. When units arrived, they determined an underground line to one of the building’s sprinkler systems had failed. That one line was shut down stoppng the water leak. Parkdale Management reports 10 to 12 stores were affected by the water leaking into the building. At this time the main entrance in closed including the main center court area. Parkdale Mall personnel are working to clean up the water and anticipate most of the stores affected should be open within the next couple of hours. Ulta Beauty is the most severely affected and will be closed for an extended time. A sprinkler company is also on scene working to repair the underground line at this time.

Vidor Police working fatal auto-pedestrian accident

VIDOR - Vidor Police are working an auto-pedestrian accident that killed a man on the Interstate 10 service road.

Chief David Shows tells KFDM News the accident was reported at about 5 a.m. Tuesday on the I-10 East service road near Concord in Vidor.

The eastbound service road remained closed as of 8 a.m.


BISD names Sgt. David Hall temporary police chief

BEAUMONT - The Beaumont ISD has named Sgt. David Hall the new temporary chief of the school district's police department.

Watch KFDM News and stay with for updates and reaction.

Hall has served in the department since its inception. 

According to a statement from the district, Interim Superintendent Vern Butler named Sgt. Hall to the position.

"Mr. Hall has done a fine job as one of our officers since the beginning of our department," the district said in an emailed statement.

KFDM to stream the only Lt. Governor debate tonight

The 2014 midterm election is just over a month away. 

The candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor will square off on key issues affecting the state and nation in two debates we will carry this week.  

Both debates are produced by KLRU and the Texas Tribune and made available to KFDM by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.  

The first of the next two debates this week will be today at 7:00 pm between the Lt. Governor candidates:  Texas State Senator Dan Patrick and Texas State Senator Leticia R. Van De Putte.    

This is the only debate scheduled for this election between the two.  It will last one hour.  

In the second debate this week Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas State Senator Wendy Davis will be on the debate stage tomorrow Sept. 30, 2014 at 8 p.m. for a one hour debate.  

KFDM will stream both debates on its website live online.  

Go to the KFDM website and in the right column you will see a box that is entitled Texas Lt. Governor Debate.  Clicking on that box will take you to the live debate page.   

There will be text on the page.  It will disappear when the debate starts and the debate will be streamed in that box.  

We encourage you to Tweet your comments and thoughts about the debate and the candidates to us at  @kfdmnews and with the hashtag #TexasDebates2014.  

You may also use the online form at the bottom of the live streaming page

Jasper fires destroy home, convenience store
JASPER - By Mike Lout KJAS/Rayburn Broadcasting Company

The volunteers of the Jasper Fire Department have lost battles to two large fires within less than 24 hours.

The first blaze occurred shortly after 9:00 on Saturday morning when fire broke out at a wood frame home on Farm to Market Road 776, just east of the Timber Rock Railroad in East Jasper.

Firemen arrived to find the home completely engulfed in flames with fire coming out all windows. Fortunately no one was home when the fire occurred and no injuries resulted from the incident.

The second blaze occurred shortly after 1:00 on Sunday morning when fire broke out at the Conoco convenience store located in the 900 block of North Wheeler Street. Firemen also arrived at that location to find the structure completely engulfed in flames.

It is not known what caused either fire and both incidents are under investigation

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