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Boston Bombing victim to speak at LIT Real American Heroes salute

BEAUMONT – Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing who later was able to identify the bombers, will be the speaker for the LIT Foundation Salute to Real American Heroes on Sept. 10, 2015.

The annual event, which provides scholarships for students in the Department of Public Service & Safety, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Bauman was waiting at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon for his then-girlfriend Erin Hurley when he saw Tamerlan Tsarnaev. In his book “Stronger,” he says that he felt like something was not right with Tsarnaev; everyone surrounding him was happy and celebrating, but Tsarnaev was not part of that group. The next time Bauman looked, Tsarnaev was gone and his backpack had been left behind.

Bauman lost both his legs in the bombing, and when he woke up after his surgery, he immediately wanted a pen and paper, writing, “bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.” He was then able to provide a detailed description of Tamerlan, which eventually led to a photo being disseminated quickly.

Bauman is now married to Erin, and they have a daughter. He has written a book about the bombing and his recovery called "Stronger."

Tickets to the event are $50 each. Dinner will be provided by the Sabine Area Restaurant Association and Cooks 2 Doz. Inc.

All first responders and active military who are in uniform plus a guest will be treated to dinner.

To buy tickets or make first responder/military reservations or for more information on sponsorships available, see the Web site at, or call (409) 839-2983.

Federal indictment against Texas Attorney Ken Paxton unsealed on Monday
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican leaders in Texas are not rushing to the defense of Attorney General Ken Paxton before he's expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges.
A grand jury indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday near Paxton's home in suburban Dallas. Special prosecutors and the Texas Rangers have been investigating Paxton for months over allegations that he misled investors before become the state's top law enforcement officer.
Paxton attorney Joe Kendall said in a brief statement late Saturday that they would honor a judge's instructions to not publicly comment.

Also staying quiet are Gov. Greg Abbott and other top GOP leaders. None have weighed in since a special prosecutor told The New York Times this weekend that Paxton has been indicted on three felony charges.

Firefighters battling wildfire in Colmesneil
TYLER COUNTY - by Haley Bull

Deputies tell KFDM News multiple agencies are battling between seven and 14 wildfires in Tyler County off CR256 east near Lake Tejas.

There is a voluntary evacuation in place for residents in the Lake Amanda community.

Investigators said state firefighters and all volunteer fire departments in Tyler County are working to put out the flames and have the upper hand.

Deputies are working to determine whether arson was a factor.

Local student killed in ATV crash

At approximately 3:00 am, there was a crash on CR 1114 at the intersection of CR 1115 in Newton County.  The crash occurred about ten (10) miles Northwest of Brookeland, Texas and involved an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

A 2009 Polaris Ranger (ATV) was traveling on CR 1114 at the intersection of CR 1115 in Newton County.  The driver lost control and the ATV flipped over.  She was ejected and sustained fatal head injuries.

The driver of the ATV, Stevie Ray Hergert, of Jefferson County, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Brenda Smith.

This crash is still under investigation and there are no further details to be released at this time.

KFDM News learns Marcus Alan Deshotel bonds out of jail following intoxication manslaughter charge
KFDM News checked with the Jefferson County Jail tonight and learned 34-year old Marcus Alan Deshotel is out on bond.

A judge set Deshotel's bond at $100,000.

He's charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Troopers say he hit two sisters who were walking home Thursday evening in Cheek.

Nineteen-year-old Maxine Comeaux died at a hospital.

Her sister was treated and released.

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