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Investigating changes in BISD vendor system

BEAUMONT - The Beaumont ISD is changing the way it deals with vendors.

Watch Jennifer Gordy's report tonight at 6. She'll investigate the planned changes and what they'd mean for the district, vendors and taxpayers. 

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Southeast Texas man found guilty of carrying 20 pounds of marijuana through Beaumont
BEAUMONT - Press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced today that Darrell Baker, 43, was found guilty today of felony Possession of Marijuana following a two-day trial in Judge Larry Gist's Drug Impact Court. 

Darrell Baker of Corpus Christi, Texas was stopped by Beaumont Police Department officers for a traffic violation on March 27, 2013 while traveling east on Interstate 10 through Beaumont. 

After smelling the strong odor of marijuana, the officers found nearly 20 pounds of marijuana in Baker's trunk. 

Baker used multiple air fresheners and dryer sheets in an attempt to mask the overwhelming smell.

After two days of testimony from Beaumont police officers and an analyst from the Jefferson County Regional Crime lab, the jury only needed 45 minutes to find Baker guilty. 

Prosecutor Christopher Cadena stated, "I commend the work of the police officers for their professionalism on the streets as well as in the courtroom. The jury sent a clear message that Jefferson County will not tolerate narcotics smuggling through our community."

Baker faces sentencing by Judge Larry Gist on September 8, 2014.  The third degree felony violation carries a punishment range from two to ten years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. 

Forecast calls for dramatic changes

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Temperatures in the low 90's and a minimal chance of rain Wednesday will give way to a dramatic drop in temperatures and a strong chance of rain Friday.

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A cold front well to our south reduces the chance of rain Wednesday. The front moves back Thursday with increasing moisture. An upper air disturbance approaches late Thursday into Friday with rain chances increasing to 60 percent and the temperature dropping to the low 80's.

Murder suspect on Top 10 Fugitive list returned to Lake Charles

New Orleans - Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Michael J. Anderson, FBI New Orleans, and Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, are pleased to announce the return of FBI Top Ten Fugitive Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

FBI officials were joined by representatives of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier in making the announcement of Guevara's return this morning.  

Guevara has been the subject of a manhunt since 2008, when he allegedly murdered a 26-year-old woman in the presence of her four-year-old stepson.  Guevara and the victim lived in the same mobile home park.  Guevara allegedly broke into the victim's home, raped her and brutally stabbed her to death.  The State of Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish, 14th Judicial District Court, charged Guevara with second degree murder, aggravated rape, and aggravated burglary, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest on April 17, 2008.  A federal arrest warrant was issued on October 1, 2009, by the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, after Guevara was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Guevara was placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list on Monday, June 17, 2013. 

Guevara surrendered to Mexican authorities as a result of an extensive and well- coordinated investigation by the Lake Charles Resident Agency of the FBI's New Orleans Field Office, the FBI Legal Attache in Mexico City, Mexico and special agents of the Diplomatic Security Service assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Guevara was held in a secure location by Mexican authorities. 

"This fugitive investigation and extradition could not have been possible without the tremendous cooperation and collaboration of federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners," stated Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI New Orleans.

Accompanied by FBI agents, Guevara arrived on U.S. soil yesterday, and was transported to the local authorities in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for processing. He will now await arraignment on state charges.

"This has been six long years for Mrs. Barton's family and I am so pleased Guevara will now face prosecution for the senseless murder of their loved one, Wanda Barton," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "I would also like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the FBI for their assistance in getting Guevara back to Calcasieu Parish, as well as placing him on the FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted Fugitives' list. This extradition would not have been possible without them."

"With the large influx of migrant workers coming to the United States, particularly Calcasieu Parish in the immediate future, it is imperative that all law enforcement agencies work together to ensure the continued safety of our citizens," said Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier. "Workers who come to our state need to understand that they must obey all of our laws. Anyone harming our citizens will be subjected to our criminal justice system. The world is a much smaller place than it was 30 years ago. Criminals can run, hide and attempt to avoid discovery; but, eventually, they will be found and brought back to face justice. Hopefully, we can help bring closure to the Barton family for this tremendous loss they have suffered."

Additional information about this case and the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" program can be found online at www.fbi.gov. The list was established in 1950 and Guevara was the 499th addition.  Of the 502 fugitives appearing on the list, 471 have been apprehended or located, 156 which were a result of citizen cooperation.

Houston man pleads guilty to Beaumont bank robbery

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 23-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.  

Christopher M. Carmon Thomas pleaded guilty to bank robbery on July 29, 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

According to information presented in court, on June 3, 2014, Thomas entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Gladys Avenue in Beaumont, Texas and presented the bank teller with a demand note.  During the robbery, Thomas displayed a gun tucked into his pants by lifting his shirt.  Thomas fled the bank with $2,309.00.  Surveillance camera photographs were disseminated by the media and Thomas was identified by citizen tipsters and the victim bank teller. Thomas was taken into custody in Houston on June 25, 2014. 

Thomas faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Craft.    

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