Email List

KFDM 6 :: News weather cams

Top Stories

Click here for more Top Stories!

Featured Story 

JP confirms gator found shot and killed Monday in Orange is the one that killed Tommie Woodward

ORANGE - Orange County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Rodney Price tells KFDM News human remains found in an alligator that had been shot and killed and left at a marina Monday are those of Tommie Woodward.

Watch KFDM News for live coverage and reaction.

Woodward, 28, died in the attack early Friday morning, July 3, after jumping into Adams Bayou at Burkhart's Marina in Orange. It is the first recorded fatality in Texas linked to an alligator. Price tells KFDM that according to witnesses, Woodward disregarded a warning, and a warning sign, not to swim in the water because of the presence of alligators.

Price tells KFDM News the remains were discovered in the 11'2" gator Monday and were conclusively linked to Woodward.

His family will have his body transported back to the St. Louis, Missouri area, where he was from, for his funeral.

Captain Rod Ousley, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, tells KFDM News one of his game wardens called him late Monday afternoon and said someone had killed a large alligator and brought it to Burkhart's Marina. The gator measures 11'2", about the size of the gator that killed Woodward.

Capt. Ousley  told us Texas Parks and Wildlife had been searching for the alligator throughout the July 4 holiday weekend.

The gator was shot in the head. Capt. Ousley says Parks and Wildlife had not authorized anyone to kill the gator. Doing so without a permit is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 in addition to civil restitution.


Body found in makeshift burial site in Port Arthur

PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur Police are investigating the discovery of a body found in a makeshift burial site Monday afternoon, according to information provided to KFDM News by Sgt. Scott Gaspard, who says police are treating the death as a homicide.

Watch KFDM News at 10 and stay with for updates.

Someone discovered the body in the 8000 block of Ferry Road.

Investigators are processing the scene for evidence.


Body found in water at Austin park


Austin-Travis County EMS recovered a man from the water at McKinney Falls State Park in Southeast Austin.

They say the man is in his late 30s.

A group of swimmers found the body. Yessenia Martinez of Waco was swimming with family when they found the body floating face down in the water. When she spotted the person her cousins swam over to help before realizing he was dead. She said he appeared to have been in the water for awhile.

Austin Police will investigate the death, but said that it was not suspicious. The preliminary investigation thought the body had been in the water for one or two days.

The identity of the deceased is unknown.

Fraying family ties cut to heart of Colorado theater gunman's defense
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and who don't want him to die.

But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has yet to turn around in his seat and acknowledge them.

They called him Jimbo. He called them Goober and Bobbo. But the relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails.

Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn't like to talk with people - even his mother and father.

Holmes' remoteness from his parents cuts to the heart of his insanity defense.

Prosecutors say he held them at bay in a calculated effort to conceal his murderous plans, even from those who raised and loved him. Defense attorneys say their fraying family ties reveal a man so delusional that he couldn't bear revealing his struggle, even to those who could have helped.

Just before the trial, Holmes' parents begged for a plea deal that would spare his life.

"He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness," they said in a statement in December, as thousands of jury summonses were mailed. "We have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed."

Now, the San Diego couple sits two rows behind him, scribbling into tiny notepads. They have heard scores of victims describe the slaughter their son inflicted in July 2012 and watched psychiatrists pick apart his addled mind.

It's hard to tell how all this affects them. They have made very few public statements in the nearly three years since the attack. They don't cry or hang their heads. Arlene occasionally reaches for her husband's hand during particularly heart-wrenching moments, and he wraps his arm around her shoulder, pulling her close.

They have declined to comment during the trial, and court orders prevent reporters from approaching them. They may be called to testify as the defense continues presenting its case, or more likely, at sentencing if he is convicted.

"We are mourners - just like everyone else in the courtroom and nothing like anyone else in the courtroom because we are the parents," Arlene wrote in a book of prayers and reflections published earlier this year that sheds some light on her experience. "We are like no one else in the world."

Holmes' attorneys have referenced a family history of disorders, including an aunt with schizophrenia and a grandfather who was institutionalized. Holmes' parents and younger sister joined him in family therapy when he was in eighth grade. Arlene Holmes was hoping the family could become closer, and she may have been struggling with depression herself, Holmes said.

Family therapy didn't help in any case, because he never opened up for fear of seeming weak, Holmes told a psychiatrist conducting a sanity evaluation two years after the attack.

Holmes told that doctor that he was closer to his mother but more like his dad: "fastidious and detail oriented."

The distance between them grew when he returned home from undergraduate school without a job. When it came time to leave for his competitive neuroscience program at the University of Colorado, Denver, he turned down his father's offer to drive with him.

After that, his emails home were brief: "Goober, all is well here," one said.

At Thanksgiving, he emailed again to say he would be spending the holiday in Colorado "with a bunch of my peeps and my gal."

Their tone hardly changed, even as his life unraveled. In February 2012, he wrote to say he planned to cook his girlfriend a candlelight dinner. After she broke up with him days later, he wrote: "It hasn't exactly been the best of times."

They showed concern but didn't rush to Colorado, even after Holmes abruptly dropped out of school and his mother got a call from his therapist.

Dr. Lynne Fenton asked if it was unusual for their son to seem so emotionless and withdrawn. Arlene Holmes responded that her son had always been socially awkward.

"She was always worried about him and wanted to help him, but she wasn't sure how to do that," Fenton testified.

They offered to let him move home. He said he preferred to stay and live off unemployment.

"Please let me know how you are doing and if we can help in any way," Robert emailed him later. "This has been a trying time for you, and I want you to know we are with you."

By then, Holmes had already assembled an arsenal of weapons. He had already researched movie showings, and picked the auditorium where he could kill the most people. He had already decided to launch his attack at the midnight Batman premiere on July 20, 2012.

Eight days before the shooting, Robert asked if they could come visit in August.

"I don't have any plans for that weekend," he wrote back.

Holmes knew he had his parents' support. In his halting responses to the court-ordered examiner, he described them as "warm and loving - talk to each other - hugs - I was the only shy one in the family."

But when a police officer asked Holmes for an emergency contact after his arrest, he at first listed Fenton, not his parents.

Two years later, Holmes said he didn't care if got the death penalty but would probably fight it for his parents' sake.

"They would miss me," he said.

Holmes said his parents regularly send him letters in jail. Arlene mentioned them in her book.

"I tell Jim I love him and pray he feels loved," Arlene wrote. "I hope his brain is not too disordered to remember what love feels like. A mother's letters to her son should be personal, but I forfeit that right because the unthinkable happened."

Holmes' mother also wrote of praying for the victims each night and waking up worrying their son has died behind bars. She mentioned her own feelings of guilt, too.

"I can never forgive myself for not knowing that this would happen," she wrote.

From where they sit, Holmes' parents are separated from their son's victims by reporters, sheriff's deputies and an aisle. While therapy dogs and victim advocates offer comfort to the survivors, they sit alone, a box of tissues at their feet.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UPDATE: Parts of city of Orange in the dark due to fire
UPDATE: A part of the city of Orange is in the dark tonight after a house fire at the vacant Serenity House on Park Street knocks out power.

According to a police dispatcher, the fire traveled to an energy line, knocking out power in the downtown area.

This is now the third fire in Orange this holiday weekend. Earlier Sunday, firefighters extinguished a fire on Sholars, a police dispatcher told KFDM News.

And, on Saturday, a fire consumed a vacant home on Cypress Avenue and Sixth Street.

Previous report Sunday night:

ORANGE - Another fire has consumed another vacant home in Orange this holiday weekend. A KFDM News photojournalist is on the way to the scene on Park Street.

Firefighters battled the fire Sunday night at Serenity House, a former half-way house that's now vacant, according to an emergency worker at the scene.

On Saturday, a fire destroyed a vacant house on Cypress Avenue and Sixth Street.

Stay with KFDM for updates.

Officials investigating three fires in Orange this Fourth of July weekend
ORANGE - Officials are investigating at least three fires in the city of Orange this holiday weekend:

- The first occurred Saturday on the Fourth of July at a vacant home on Cypress Avenue and Sixth Street.

- The second fire happened at a structure on Sholars, a police dispatcher told KFDM News.

- The third fire happened Sunday night at the vacant Serenity House, a former halfway house on Park Street.

Previous report Sunday night:

ORANGE - Another fire has consumed another vacant home in Orange this holiday weekend. A KFDM News photojournalist is on the way to the scene on Park Street.

Firefighters battled the fire Sunday night at Serenity House, a former half-way house that's now vacant, according to an emergency worker at the scene.

On Saturday, a fire destroyed a vacant house on Cypress Avenue and Sixth Street.

Stay with KFDM for updates.

Breaking news: Another vacant home in Orange consumed by fire this holiday weekend
ORANGE - Another fire has consumed another vacant home in Orange this holiday weekend. A KFDM News photojournalist is on the way to the scene on Park Street.

Firefighters battled the fire Sunday night at Serenity House, a former half-way house that's now vacant, according to an emergency worker at the scene.

On Saturday, a fire destroyed a vacant house on Cypress Avenue and Sixth Street.

Stay with KFDM for updates.

Advertise with us!
  • More Texas News
  • National News
  • International News

Government Accountability

What your elected leaders in Washington are doing today:


U.S. Senate

U.S. House

(Public schedules posted online)

KFDM Channel 6 :: Weather

Advertise with us!

24 hr gold chart Olde Saratoga Coin
Advertise with us!

  • KFDM :: News - KFDM 60 Years Voting

    KFDM 60 Years Voting

    Please vote on which story from KFDM is the most important from our 60 years on air.
  • KFDM :: News - City in Crisis

    City in Crisis

  • KFDM :: News - Meet the Morning Show Team

    Meet the Morning Show Team

    Meet the Morning Show Team!
  • KFDM :: News - Kelli's Kids

    Kelli's Kids

    Every child deserves a loving family. But sadly, that's not the case for too many Southeast Texas children. Every Wednesday on Live at 5 we introduce you to a local foster child dreaming about ...
  • KFDM :: News - Golden Apple Award

    Golden Apple Award

    Click here to enter the Education First Golden Apple Educator Award nomination.
  • KFDM :: News - KFDM/KBTV Demolition-Constructio

    KFDM/KBTV Demolition-Constructio

    The KFDM building is being remodeled.
  • KFDM :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control crisis!
  • KFDM :: News - BISD Coverage

    BISD Coverage

    Continuing coverage of the Beaumont Independent School District by KFDM News.
  • KFDM :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Stay connected with Armstrong Williams and read "Political Pulse" here.
  • KFDM :: News - The Morning Show

    The Morning Show

    The Morning Show
  • KFDM :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Let's go Road Trippin' and see all the great places to see and do!
  • KFDM :: News - Traffic


    Get the latest traffic conditions, right here on
  • KFDM :: News -  Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • KFDM :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Top Stories
  • KFDM :: News - Local News

    Local News

    Local News Stories
  • KFDM :: News - KFDM Guests

    KFDM Guests

  • KFDM :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward... because sometimes people need a little extra help.
  • KFDM :: News - Forever Families

    Forever Families

    Forever Families Adoption Stories
  • KFDM :: News - Senior Segment

    Senior Segment

    On News @ Noon every other Thursday - Doctors and Senior Care Givers will discuss anything and everything to do with health issues of senior citizens.
  • KFDM :: News - 6 on Health

    6 on Health

    6 On Health Stories
  • KFDM :: News - Ask the Docs

    Ask the Docs

    Ask The Doc
  • KFDM :: News - Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card

    Resturant Report Card stories
  • KFDM :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses government reform in Texas.
  • KFDM :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • KFDM :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, & extended stories that didn't make it on air.
  • KFDM :: News - See It

    See It

    Did you catch that incredible sunset? Do you have a photo for your adorable child or pet? Did you snap a picture of breaking news?
  • KFDM :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • KFDM :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
  • KFDM :: News - Remembering Bill

    Remembering Bill

    Remembering our friend & colleague Bill Leger.Watch KFDM videos, view photos and send us your thoughts and prayers

more »


Tonight on KFDM Channel 6

6:00 -
KFDM 6 evening news
6:30 -
8:00 -
48 Hours Mystery
10:00 -
KFDM 6 NEWS tonight

Complete Schedule »
6 on Health
KFDM Weather Team