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KFDM learns Pinehurst doctor under investigation posts bond and is released from jail on unrelated charge

ORANGE COUNTY - KFDM News has learned a pain management doctor whose Pinehurst office was raided Thursday was released from jail Friday on an unrelated charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation.

KFDM's Haley Bull was outside the jail and got exclusive video of Dr. Philip Martinez Cantu, 56, leaving the Orange County Jail Friday morning. He'd posted a $10,000 bond set by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace David Peck and was released following his arrest Wednesday night on the Family Violence charge.

Watch KFDM News at 5 and 6 to hear Haley ask Dr. Cantu following what Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer III says is a pill mill investigation.

Click here to read probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM News for arrest of doctor on charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation

Click here to read previous Texas Medical Board actions involving the doctor.

DEA agents and other officers executed a search warrant Thursday morning at Cantu's office on Strickland.

He was in jail after his arrest Wednesday night at his home in Bridge City after a woman identified as his girlfriend told police Cantu struck her with an extension cord and left an 8 inch whelp on her and other marks. She also had red marks on her neck and told police Cantu placed the cord around her neck and choked her so she couldn't breathe. 

 

(Thursday) ORANGE COUNTY - Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are executing a search warrant at a doctor's office in Pinehurst, according to information provided to KFDM News by federal agents.

Dr. Philip Martinez Cantu, 56, wasn't at his office. He was arrested Wednesday night on an unrelated charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation. KFDM News has obtained the Probable Cause Affidavit issued by Justice of the Peace David Peck for his arrest on that charge.

Click here to read probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM News for arrest of doctor on charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation

Click here to read previous Texas Medical Board actions involving the doctor.

Agents with the DEA, along with Pinehurst Police and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are on the scene Thursday morning at the office in the 200 block of Strickland Drive in Pinehurst.

Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson tells KFDM News the search warrant is at the office of Dr. Philip Cantu. He's listed as a pain management specialist.

Cantu is jailed in Orange County on an unrelated charge of assault family violence. He's jailed on Orange County. Cantu posted a $10,000 bond but there is a 48 hour on his release.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit obtained by KFDM News, a woman who said she is his girlfriend told investigators Dr. Cantu assaulted her and tried to strangle her.


No change of venue for trial of Baby Faith's mother
KFDM News has learned that there is to be no change of venue in the trial of baby Faith's mother, Christine Johnson.

Stay with KFDM News and www.kfdm.com for updates.

Man charged, arraigned in connection with shooting

ORANGE COUNTY - A justice of the peace has arraigned a man in connection with a shooting in Orange County.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned Jason Clark Calvert, 36, of Bridge City, on a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. If convicted of the Second Degree Felony he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Calvert was in jail Friday morning on a $50,000 bond.

Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson says the gunshot victim, identified as Matthew Dourian, 32, of Bridge City, was at Calvert's residence Thursday afternoon in the 3100 block of Timberlake near Bridge City, when they got into an argument.

According to Hodgkinson, Calvert had a rifle in hand and followed Dourian to a vehicle parked outside.  Dourian was the only occupant in the vehicle and began to drive away as Calvert fired a single shot through the glass window of the rear passenger door, striking Dourian in the leg, said Hodgkinson.  A witness at the residence called 9-1-1. 

Dourian got out of the vehicle and laid down on the roadway until first responders arrived. He was conscious and alert.

Doctors treated Dourian for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his thigh. 

 

Traffic stop leads to meth discovery in woman's car

JASPER COUNTY - by Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

Jasper County deputies say a Thursday traffic stop led to the discovery of a large amount of methamphetamine, and resulted in the female driver going to jail.

According to Lieutenant Scotty Duncan, he stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic violation on Highway 190, just west of Highway 96, and discovered 18.1 grams of meth with a street value of about $2,000.00.

The woman, whose name has not been released pending formal charges and arraignment, was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

New BISD board to discuss important issues Monday
BEAUMONT - There are some big decisions for a group of people who will now be making decisions for the Beaumont school district.

A week ago, TEA Commissioner Michael Williams swore in the new board of managers.

On Monday, July 28, the new board will discuss and decide a number of issues.

On the the agenda,  the proposed termination of contract employees due to a reduction in force.

That list consists of five people, including the district's communications director Jessie Haynes.

The board is also scheduled to discuss the district's accreditation status, financial account information and amend the general fund budget.

Also on the list is the hiring of a director of human resources -- the position held by Sybil Comeaux.

Comeaux retired from the district last month.

The district is also looking to hire of a director of purchasing. The position was once held by Naomi Lawrence Lee.

Lawrence Lee was fired in April.

Fox 4 News will be at the board meeting Monday and have a live report.

Do you have an unpaid ticket? Warrant roundup coming
JEFFERSON COUNTY - If you have unpaid parking or traffic tickets, you might want to take care of them quickly - or you could be arrested.

The two-week grace period is over. Jefferson County's warrant round-up begins at 5 p.m. Friday, July 25.

The roundup will target those who have traffic, parking, city ordiance and higher charge warrants around the area.

You can call the appropriate court to take care of it or go to your city's website.

Three PAISD schools may be getting new look if bond passes
PORT ARTHUR - Some Port Arthur schools may be getting a new look.

The board of trustees is discussing the possibility of up to a $200 million bond to rebuild three elementary schools, according to PAISD board president Thomas Kinlaw.

The bond will affect roughly 9,000 students, and there will be no cost to taxpayers, according to a district official.

The following schools would be rebuilt if the bond passes: Terrell, Travis and Sam Houston.

Kinlaw says the new schools will help ease overcrowding in the schools and move the district in the right direction.

"Port Arthur is on the move and we have to insure our students continue to get a quality education," he said.

Kinlaw says the board will vote on the bond sometime in August.

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