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White House fence jumper shuts down North Lawn on Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A fence jumper at the White House has shut down the North Lawn, according to CNN.


CNN reports the man was almost immediately apprehended by officers and was detained.


The man was wearing a blue shirt, white pants and wrapped with an American flag as he jumped the first temporary barricade that is set up in front of the White house.



The Secret Service officers, with their guns drawn from a distance, yelled at the man to get on the ground.


Police say the suspect was carrying an envelope.


Shortly after jumping the fence, the man was detained and moved toward the Northwest gate of the White House.


The Secret Service says they are checking a vehicle registered to the jumper at the Lincoln Memorial parking lot.

New details about suspect accused of holding girlfriend and 2-year-old in home, exchanging gunfire with neighbors

PORT ARTHUR - KFDM News is learning new details about a man accused of exchanging gunfire with neighbors and holding his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter inside a home for several hours before Port Arthur Police and the SWAT team safely freed the pair and arrested the man.


Watch KFDM News at noon and 10, and KBTV News at 5:30 and 9 for the latest on the investigation and reaction. 


The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Omar Chavez, 35, is in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on this Thanksgiving, accused of Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon. No bond has been set and it may be Friday before a judge sets bond for the jailed suspect. If convicted of the First Degree Felony, Chavez could face up to life in prison.


Port Arthur Police say a call came in at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday about a man shooting at neighbors in the 3300 block of 38th Street. Neighbors exchanged gunfire. No one was hurt.


The man's girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter were inside the home with him. Police repeatedly tried to call the man and they used a loudspeaker to communicate and ask him to come out but he ignored the requests.


At about 2 a.m., police used a flash-bang grenade to get inside and take the man into custody. They seized several weapons from inside the home, including the one they say he used in the exchange of gunfire.

Pilgrim who fell overboard during Mayflower voyage went on to populate the nation

BOSTON (AP) -- John Howland may not be as famous as William Bradford, John Carver and Myles Standish, notable passengers on the Mayflower that landed in Massachusetts in 1620.

Yet Howland, who boarded the ship as Carver's servant, probably had a greater impact on the history of the United States than any of them. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will sit down for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday unaware that they owe their very existence to Howland, who almost never even made it to the New World.

Howland fell overboard in the middle of the Atlantic during a gale but grabbed a trailing rope and was hauled back aboard by sailors using boat hooks. His remarkable story is the subject of a new children's book, "The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland's Good Fortune," by Irish illustrator and author P.J. Lynch.

Howland and his wife, fellow Mayflower passenger Elizabeth Tilley, had 10 children and more than 80 grandchildren. Now, an estimated 2 million Americans can trace their roots to him.

Howland's descendants include three presidents -- Franklin Roosevelt, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush -- as well as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin; poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; actors Alec Baldwin, Humphrey Bogart, and Christopher Lloyd; Mormon church founder Joseph Smith; and child care guru Dr. Benjamin Spock.

"The idea that the existence of all these people hinged on that one guy grabbing a rope in the ocean and holding on tight totally caught my imagination," Lynch said in a phone interview from his Dublin home. "Many of these people have made America what it is."

There are so many Howland descendants that they have their own club — The Pilgrim John Howland Society — with about 1,200 members.

Gail Adams, a Howland descendant and editor of the society's publication, "The Howland Quarterly," was thrilled when she first found out about her lineage two decades ago.

"To think, if he hadn't made it, I wouldn't even be here," she said from her home in Virginia.

Lynch developed an interest in the story of the Pilgrims and Howland when he read Nathaniel Philbrick's book, "Mayflower." It was mostly new to him because he hadn't gone to school in the U.S., where the story of the Pilgrims is taught to every child.

He acknowledges his book -- written in the first person from Howland's point of view — isn't a 100 percent accurate account, and he has taken some liberties in telling and illustrating the story. For example, Howland was actually a young man on the Mayflower trip, not a boy as the book title suggests.

But that's OK with the experts — and Howland's very large extended family.

"He did a great job on it," said Richard Pickering, deputy executive director of Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that preserves the story of the Pilgrims. "There is very little documentation about Howland's early years, but Lynch imagines them beautifully."

"He's right on," Adams said.

The book even describes the beginnings of a romance between Howland and Tilley, which isn't so farfetched, Adams said.

Tilley was left an orphan after the first winter in Plymouth yet chose to stay even though she had family in England and her best friend returned.

"My theory -- no proof -- is that when handsome John fell overboard and had to be nursed back to health, she was smitten," Adams said.

Image: "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor," by William Halsall, 1882 at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.  Public Domain.

Guy V. Lewis, coach of Phi Slama Jama teams, dies at 93

HOUSTON (AP) -- Former University of Houston men's basketball coach Guy V. Lewis, best known for leading the Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s, has died. He was 93.

He died at a retirement facility in Kyle, Texas, on Thanksgiving morning surrounded by family, the school said Thursday.

Lewis coached the Cougars for 30 years. He guided Houston to back-to-back NCAA title games in 1983 and '84 but never won the national championship, losing to N.C. State in the 1983 final on Lorenzo Charles' last-second shot, one of the NCAA Tournament's greatest upsets and most memorable plays.

"It feels awful," Lewis said after that game. "I've never lost a game that didn't feel that way, but this one was terrible."

Lewis, who helped lead the integration of college basketball in the South by recruiting Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney to Houston, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Known for plaid jackets and wringing his hands with a red polka-dot towel during games, Lewis compiled a 592-279 record at Houston, guiding the Cougars to 27 consecutive winning seasons from 1959-85. He was honored as the national coach of the year twice (1968 and '83) and led Houston to 14 NCAA Tournaments and five Final Fours.

Lewis had mostly avoided the spotlight since retiring in 1986. He suffered a stroke in February 2002 and had used a wheelchair in recent years.

He was known for putting together the "Game of the Century" at the Astrodome in 1968 between Houston and UCLA. It was the first regular-season game to be broadcast on national television. Houston defeated the Bruins in front of a crowd of more than 52,000, which, at that time, was the largest ever to watch an indoor basketball game.

Lewis attended the introductory news conference in December 2007 for Kevin Sumlin, the first black football coach in Houston history. It was a symbolic, significant appearance because Lewis signed Houston's first two black basketball players and some of the first in the region in Hayes and Chaney in 1964, when programs were just starting to integrate.

Hayes and Chaney led the Cougars to the program's first Final Four in 1967 but lost to Lew Alcindor's UCLA team in the semifinal game.

"Basketball in the state of Texas and throughout the South is all due to coach Guy V. Lewis," Hayes said in 2013. "He put everything on the line to step out and integrate his program. Not only that, he had vision to say: 'Hey, we can play a game in the Houston Astrodome.' Not only that, he just was such a motivator and such an innovator that created so many doors for the game of basketball to grow."

Along with Hayes, Lewis also coached fellow All-Americans Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. The three were included on the NBA's Top 50 greatest players list in 1996. Lewis and North Carolina's Dean Smith were the only men to coach three players from that list while they were in college.

Players and CBS announcer Jim Nantz lobbied for years for Lewis to get into the Naismith Hall of Fame. When he finally received the honor in 2013 he made a rare public appearance. 

It was difficult for him to convey his thoughts in words in his later years because of aphasia from his strokes, so his daughter spoke on his behalf at the event to celebrate his induction.

"It's pure joy and we're not even upset that it took so long. ... Dad is used to winning in overtime," Sherry Lewis said.

Lewis announced his retirement during the 1985-86 season, and the Cougars finished 14-14, his first non-winning season since 1958-59.

Guy Vernon Lewis II was born in Arp, a town of fewer than 1,000 residents in northeast Texas. He became a flight instructor for the U.S. Army during World War II and enrolled at the University of Houston in 1946.

He joined the basketball team, averaged 21.1 points and led the Cougars to the Lone Star Conference championship. By the early 1950s, he was working as an assistant coach under Alden Pasche and took over when Pasche retired in 1956.

Funeral services are pending.

Which major retailers are (and are not) open Thursday for Black Friday

Whether you intend to be the first one in the door for the Black Friday sales, or just want to know who's opening early so you can boycott them, the hours for major retailers are easy to find.




The Web site lists the following top retailers as opening at 6 pm on Thursday:


At 5 pm Toys R Us starts its Black Friday sale along with Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Sears, Kohls, Macy's, Conn's and Office Depot.


Some are starting even earlier. At 4 pm Thursdays the doors are scheduled to swing open at Old Navy


The there are the really early starts:  At 7 am Thursday Family Dollar welcomes shoppers in.  Walgreens opens an hour laters at 8 am. along with Gander Mountain and Radio Shack


Among the stores that won't be open on Thanksgiving are Sam's Club, Marshalls, Neiman Marcus, Barnes & Nobles, Harbor Freight, Pier 1 Imports, and Petsmart, Petco, Bed Bath and Beyond, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Lowes and T.J. Maxx


Didn't find the store you were looking for in this list?


Check out these sites:   


30 Stores That Refuse to Stay Open on Thanksgiving.


Or google "Stores opening hours Thanksgving"   or "Stores closed Thanksgiving"



Driver crashes into business on Calder

BEAUMONT - A driver struck a medical services company building Thursday afternoon on Calder Avenue.


Firefighters say a medical problem might have caused the driver to hit the PRN Medical Services building at about noon Thursday in the 36 hundred block of Calder. The business was closed. 


Investigators say the woman driver had three children in the car with her. Paramedics were going to transport the woman to Baptist Beaumont Hospital for treatment but she told them she didn't need to go and a relative was coming to pick her up. The children weren't hurt. 


Firefighters and paramedics were checking for possible injuries.

Heightened security when Red Raiders play Longhorns tonight
AUSTIN (KEYETV) -- When the fans fill the seats at DKR Stadium on Thanksgiving, they should be focusing on their team instead of worrying about their safety. But both UT Police and Austin Police say the fans are the first line of defense against a security threat.

"At the end of the day we need our community to be our eyes and ears and to step forward if they see something out of place," said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Wednesday night, KEYETV found security with dogs near the stadium. UT police saids they are on heightened alert for the game between the Longhorns and Texas Tech. In fact, they've been on tactical alert status off and on since the attacks in Paris. 

While President Obama today said there does not appear to be a credible threat to the homeland right now, security experts like Jay Fonville say it's not a group that pose the biggest threat, but people acting on their own.

"A lot of the lone wolves they're already here in America, and so that's one of our biggest threats," said Fonville, who is an adjunct instructor for FEMA and DHS.

But on the eve of a major national holiday and a big football game, law enforcement appears calm. "There's heightened security around the nation and the globe with everything going on right now. In terms of our enforcement posture, our operational posture is pretty much what it is normally and are prepared to react and respond to any eventuality," said Chief Acevedo.

If you are at the game tomorrow -- and you do see something that doesn't seem right -- there will be a number for you to text to report it.

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