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TD#5 forms in Gulf; no threat to Southeast Texas

GULF OF MEXICO - Tropical Depression #5 has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch KFDM Weather and stay with kfdm.com for updates.

KFDM Chief Meteorologist Greg Bostwick says it's not expected to pose any threat to Southeast Texas. It appears headed toward Tampico, Mexico.

New Texas laws that went into effect today (Sept. 1)
KFDM News - Texas state legislators meet every other year, but some laws passed more than 12 months ago are finally effective today.

That's certainly the case with House Bill 5, the sweeping legislation changing the course load requirements for graduating high school seniors.

Now, there are multiple tracks a student can choose his or her freshman year.
 
The non-binding track guides a student through classes which offer preparation for college or a job in the workforce.

Click here for a list of the new laws.

Driver crashes into church

BEAUMONT - A truck driver lost control of his vehicle after a collision with another vehicle and crashed into a church.

Police say two drivers were traveling south on Highway 69 Monday afternoon when they collided, forcing one driver to lose control.

The tail end of his truck went through the brick wall at Abundant Life Church in the 67 hundred block of the Eastex Freeway. It ended up in the children's room. No one was inside. The drivers weren't hurt.

 

Log truck wheels crash through house

JASPER COUNTY - by Steve W Stewart

There were no injuries when a set of wheels and tires came off of a log truck and crashed into a house early Monday afternoon. The incident occurred shortly before 1:00 on Highway 190 West, just west of the Jasper city limits.

According to Red Watson, the owner of Red Watson Trucking Company, his driver was eastbound when the wheel and tire set, for an unknown reason, came off of the fully loaded trailer.

The wheels went through a yard and then crashed into the side of a home owned by Joe Roach, who is a local pastor.

Watson said he was very thankful that no one was injured. Watson said "This is what insurance is for and thankfully, we're heavily insured".

Beaumont police release name of shooting victim

BEAUMONT - Beaumont police are releasing the name of a man shot and killed following what investigators call an argument at a north end housing complex.

Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates on the investigation and reaction.

Police identify the victim as Herbert Jerome Chopane, 36, of Beaumont.

According to Beaumont police, Chopane was shot shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Northridge Manor Apartments in the 4000 block of Maida.  Herbert Chopane suffered a number of gunshot wounds to his upper body. Beaumont EMS transported Chopane to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth ER where he died.

Police say detectives are still in the early stages of the investigation and initial reports indicate that Chopane went to the apartment complex seeking retribution for an earlier disturbance.  When Chopane arrived at the complex, a second disturbance broke out and somone shot Chopane.

Detectives are in the process of interviewing possible witnesses to confirm the identity of the people involved in the original disturbance. 

Detectives feel that that same group may have been involved in the second disturbance that resulted in the shooting.

Police are asking any person who has information about the shooting to phone them at 409-880-3843. 

People with information may also leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.

 

Monitoring area of low pressure in southern Gulf

GULF OF MEXICO - The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch KFDM Weather and stay with kfdm.com for updates on the tropics and our local forecast.

The broad area of low pressure is located over the eastern Bay of Campeche.  Environmental conditions appear to be favorable for some development, and this system could become a tropical depression within the next day or two as it moves west-northwestward near 10 mph, according to the Hurricane Center. 

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this afternoon, if necessary.  Regardless of development, this system will produce heavy rainfall across theYucatan Peninsula and southeastern Mexico today and Tuesday, and across portions of eastern mainland Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...60 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent.

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