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Man dies in tractor-vehicle accident

One man is dead after a tractor-vehicle accident on Highway 90 in Jefferson County.

The Department of Public Safety confirmed that 32 year old James McDonald of Nome, a passenger in the vehicle, died from injuries he sustained in the crash.

At 4:55 p.m., a John Deere farm tractor, which was towing agricultural equipment, was traveling eastbound when it was struck from behind by a 2000 Toyota truck.

The driver of the Toyota over corrected and struck the center median.

State Troopers said the tractor had all necessary safety equipment to travel.

The driver of the Toyota,who has not been identified, was not injured in the crash.

Twenty seven year old Charles Blanchard of Beaumont, the driver of the tractor, was also not injured.

McDonald was transported by a medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he later died.

DPS is still investigating the crash.

Silsbee Firemen work to extract driver from burning car
BREAKING NEWS 8:30 PM Oct. 24 -- The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department is  working a single vehicle accident at the intersection of FM 418 and Lee Miller Road --the car is burning with the driver trapped inside.
Air Rescue is on the way.Tune in to KFDM Channel 6 News at 10pm for more details.

Restaurant Report Card Oct. 24, 2014
We begin with wok D'Lite in Orange. 
Eggrolls were out of temperature.  Dates were needed on  all foods out of their original packaging in both the cooler and freezer. The lemons were molded.  

Baking powder was being stored in an old paint can, chicken fat used for chicken broth was being stored on cardboard box lids in freezer. All foods needed to be covered in the cooler and freezer.

A couple of dead roaches were found. Inspector Scales notes all the storage equipment/shelves,pots, pans,vents above the woks,a/c vents, floors in back storage room & inside walk-in cooler needed to be cleaned and sanitized and  all broken and unused equipment needed to be discarded. Wok D'Lite in Orange gets a 77.
Now onto Tracy Seafood and Wings in Bridge City:
Fish, chicken wings and rice were found out of proper temperature. An employee was found eating in the back storage room.  All foods in coolers and freezers needed to be labeled and dated. And several cans were bulging at the top and bottom and were disposed of  immediately. Tracy Seafood in Bridge City gets an 83.
And finally inspector Scales checks out Happy Donuts in Bridge City:
Boudain, sausage and eggs were all found at improper temperatures. Foods out of their original packaging needed to be labeled and dated in the coolers.  The same pan liners were repeatedly used to bake kolaches and there was no certified food manager on staff. Happy Donuts in bridge city gets an 84.

Around the web: Tiny hospital sets up Ebola checkpoint in parking lot

(FROM KVII - AMARILLO) PORTALES, NEW MEXICO -- The whole world is talking about Ebola. And while the latest case in the US is almost 2,000 miles away, the Roosevelt General Hospital isn't taking any chances. 

Starting today, they've set up an intensive checkpoint to screen all patients and visitors for the deadly virus. The first checkpoint is set up in the parking lot. CEO Larry Leaming says one of the main concerns comes from the effect an Ebola outbreak could have on their staff.

"For a little hospital like ours that would be devastating. I mean, a big hospital can send 45 people home and have them monitored for 21 days. I send 41 people home and I have to close the clinic."

The approach might seem extreme in a small town like Portales, but the staff believes it's needed. "Nobody's completely isolated," Leaming explains.

At the first checkpoint, volunteers ask all vehicles if they've traveled to Africa or if they know anyone who has in the past 21 days. Since the start of the checkpoint, no one has.

 If anyone answers yes to the questions, they would be sent to a second checkpoint behind the hospital. Here, they'd be screened more intensively for symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Roosevelt Chief of Staff Oladotun Akinmurele says that clinical decision-making will be used to rule out the possibility of Ebola.

If healthcare workers suspect a person of having the virus, they would be sent to an isolation room.

Akinmurele says that at that point, "[We'd] follow the CDC recommendations, make calls to the CDC immediately for guidance on what next we need to do."

This isn't the first time the hospital has done something like this. During a really bad flu season, Leaming says they set up a similar screening system. "There was a huge number of them that all showed up at once so the volume was impressive and we had to set up tents and trailers and so forth be able to handle it. But they did it."

If the hospital feels like the threat of Ebola is going down, they will move their screening to the front desk. But as of right now, Leaming says the parking lot checkpoint is here to stay.

"If it's two days, if it's two weeks, if it's two months... Whatever it takes, we're not going to back off until we feel comfortable."

The screening checkpoint will be put to the test tomorrow during the hospital's health fair clinic. They're expecting approximately 1,000 people between the hours of 8 A.M. and noon.

Update: Beaumont SWAT standoff ends with man taken into custody

BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police SWAT officers took 65-year-old Robert Douglas Menefee into custody about 2:15 pm following a disturbance on Scenic Drive, off Major Drive near Highway 105. An armored vehicle was used in the stand off to protect officers and a SWAT team and  egotiators were called in.

Patrol Officers responded to a reported disturbance in the 5800 block of Scenic Drive on Friday, October 24, 2014, at about 11:46 a.m. 

According to police, the person who called, a US Postal Carrier, told dispatchers that a man had threatened to harm her.  After the man threatened the postal carrier, she drove a safe distance down the road to phone police.  

Prior to officers arriving, neighbors called reporting that the man had walked outside his residence and fired multiple gunshots into the fence of his front yard, police said

At the time the man fired the shots, there were no other people in the immediate vicinity so the rounds struck no one.

Officers arrived and determined the man was still inside his house with multiple weapons.  The man’s actions posed a danger to others and possibly, to himself, so officers set up a perimeter and called for the assistance of SWAT and negotiators.

Police said, SWAT and negotiators made use of their armored vehicle and safely approached the man’s house.  Once officers inside the armored vehicle stopped in front of the man’s house, Menefee  stepped out into the front yard.  

Menefee  carried a rifle and a handgun but he did not point them in the direction of the officers.  He complied with all verbal instructions and officers were able to take him into custody without further incident, police said.

 After paramedics checked on his medical condition, officers transported him to the county jail and booked him in for one count of felony terroristic threat and also placed a mental health hold so that he would be psychologically evaluated.

No one was hurt in the incident.

JP releases name of man who died in fiery accident

JEFFERSON COUNTY - Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett is releasing to KFDM News the name of a man killed in a fiery accident in Port Arthur.

The judge, in consultation with Port Arthur Police, says DNA confirms Lester Loupe, 34, of Port Acres, was killed in the collision late Saturday night, October 18, on Highway 82 near Highway 73.


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