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Fire has left a large Vidor family without a house.  They are one of many families the Red Cross is trying to help.  In a live report we investigate why the agency needs some assistance of its own.


How doctors are working to slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer's and how research is trying to come up with a way to prevent the devastating disease.

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Police identify man involved in standoff

BEAUMONT - Beaumont Police have released the name of a man accused of firing shots at officers during a standoff, including one bullet that struck an officer in his protective vest and caused severe bruising but no serious injuries.



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The body of Aaron Scott Gibson, 40, of Beaumont, was found inside his home on Griffing Boulevard near Firethorn where the standoff took place Sunday. Police Chief Jimmy Singletary tells KFDM News they believe Gibson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 


(Previous reports from Sunday) BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 10:30 P.M.

Beaumont police report a SWAT team has cleared the residence of a home near Griffing and Firethorn and located a man's body inside the house. The crime scene will now be turned over to detectives who will identify the person inside and notify family members.

UPDATE: KFDM News is learning new information about a stand-off situation near Firethorn and Griffing in Beaumont.

Police chief Jimmy Singletary tells KFDM news the incident began as a domestic disturbance call involving a man and his girlfriend late this afternoon at Firethorn near Griffing.

The chief said officers arrived to investigate the domestic disturbance when the man became angry and went back inside the home. Shortly thereafter, shots were fired and one officer was hit in the back of his protective vest. 

A man who said he’s a neighbor of the suspect said he just saw the man this morning and described him as a nice, friendly guy who always says hello. The neighbor said he can’t believe this happened in his neighborhood.

BEAUMONT- Beaumont Police report they are working a stand-off situation with a barricaded subject in the area of Griffing and Firethorn. A SWAT team was deployed.

Beaumont Police Chief Jimmy Singletary tells KFDM News an officer was shot in the back during a stand-off with a subject near Firethorn and Griffing. The shot hit the officer's body armor and he has some bruising.

Chief Singletary said the officer is fine after checking on him at the hospital.

Officers said they believe a suspect having a disturbance led to shots fired from the residence.

Stay with KFDM News online and on-air for updates.

Beaumont man pleads guilty to murder and aggravated assault

BEAUMONT -- Joe Fredrick Hawkins of Beaumont pled guilty to first-degree felonies of murder and aggravated assault, Jefferson County DA Bob Wortham announced today.

Three victims were shot to death and another wounded in the March 16, 2014 shooting on 4th St.

Witnesses said he had an altercation with the four victims. He pulled a handgun and shot is first victim, his sister, in the face, then turned and fired at several shots at his brother and a single round in the head of his oldest brother, 
Wortham said.

He then chased down his girlfriend and shot  her several times.  She was the only survivor.

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove said, "This was a horrible tragedy for the Hawkins’ family.  Nothing will bring back Mrs. Hawkins’ children, but justice requires that Mr. Hawkins be held responsible for what he did no matter who the victims were.  We cannot stand by and allow this type of tragedy to occur in our community with no consequences."

Woman escapes injury in early morning roll-over
By G.W. Foster

JASPER ( and Rayburn Broadcasting Company) -- A Jasper woman narrowly escaped injury despite rolling her vehicle shortly after 8:00 on Monday morning on Farm to Market Road 777, just south of the Jasper County Airport.

Kristin Sherer was traveling northbound on FM 777, in a late model Dodge Durango, when for some unknown reason she left the roadway and struck some small trees, which caused the vehicle to overturn.

An employee with Jasper Xxon Towing and Recovery was able to climb into the vehicle and rescue Sherer from the Dodge.

The crash was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Latest: Chicago officer posts bond, leaves jail

CHICAGO (AP) -- The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer and the online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes on Monday (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

The white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a squad car video caught him shooting a black teenager 16 times has posted bond.

Local media outlets showed Officer Jason Van Dyke leaving Cook County Jail on Monday evening.

His bond had been set at $1.5 million, meaning he needed to post $150,000 to get out.

Van Dyke has been locked up since Nov. 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Authorities also released the dashcam video Nov. 24. It shows McDonald -- armed with a small knife and walking down a street on the city's southwest side -- being shot repeatedly by the 37-year-old Van Dyke. A judge had ordered the video released the previous week.


5:10 p.m.

University of Chicago officials say classes will resume Tuesday, one day after a 21-year-old black student was arrested and charged for allegedly threatening to kill 16 white males on campus.

University President Robert Zimmer wrote in an email Monday that in light of the arrest, classes and activities would resume Tuesday.

The campus was almost desolate aside from police and campus security on Monday after university officials canceled classes due to an FBI tip of a threat of gun violence.

Zimmer called Monday a "challenging day." He says the university will keep additional security presence in place through the quarter, which ends Dec. 12.

Jabari R. Dean of Chicago, who's accused of making the threat, had his initial court appearance Monday. He's a University of Illinois at Chicago student.


4:10 p.m.

A 21-year-old black man has made an initial appearance in federal court on allegations that he threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago in response to the killing of a black teenager by a white city police officer.

Prosecutors indicated at Monday's hearing that they'll agree to Jabari R. Dean being released before trial. The judge ordered Dean be held at least until a Tuesday bond hearing.

A University of Illinois at Chicago spokeswoman confirmed that Dean is a freshman majoring in electrical engineering.

A visibly ill-at-ease Jabari wore a red sweatshirt emblazoned with the words "The University of Illinois at Chicago."

A prosecutor said Jabari cooperated after federal agents confronted him and that he didn't appear to pose a threat.

Dean didn't enter a plea and his lawyer declined comment afterward.


2:05 p.m.

The lawyer for a white Chicago police officer charged with fatally shooting a black teenager says he's hopeful the officer can post bond in the "very near future."

A judge on Monday set bond at $1.5 million for Jason Van Dyke. He was charged with first-degree murder last week for the shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014. Van Dyke was charged the same day authorities released video of the shooting.

Lawyer Dan Herbert says Van Dyke is pleased the judge set a bond amount after ordering him held without bond last week.

Herbert says Van Dyke is "very scared about the consequences he is facing." He also says Van Dyke "absolutely" can defend his actions in court. Herbert says he has information that isn't yet public.


1:05 p.m.

A Cook County judge has set bond at $1.5 million for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder after a squad car video caught him shooting a black teenager 16 times.

A judge set the bond Monday afternoon for Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke has been locked up since Nov. 24, when prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The same day, authorities released the dashcam video that shows McDonald — armed with a small knife and walking down a street on the city's southwest side — being shot repeatedly by the 37-year-old Van Dyke. A judge had ordered the video released the previous week.

The bond amount means Van Dyke will need $150,000 to be released. Van Dyke's attorney has said the officer isn't a flight risk.

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