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Man barricaded in house
PORT ARTHUR--A man barricaded himself in a residence in the 1400 block of Memphis Street in Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Police told KFDM News that they received a call about a possible hostage situation around 8 p.m.

Witnesses say they heard shots fired.

Sergeant Reid Rowe says they were able to get the hostage out safely through a window.

We'll update you on this situation as more information comes in.

How you can honor the memory of legendary SETX football official Beau Hicks

BEAUMONT - Friends of a legendary football official from Southeast Texas are asking you to help honor his memory.

Beau Hicks died Sunday, August 24. He was just a few days short of his 83rd birthday.

KFDM was invited to a ceremony August 18 at Harbor Hospice. A large group from the Texas Association of Sports Officials presented Hicks with its lifetime achievement award.

He was an official in the Southwest Conference and Big 12 for 59 years. He worked nearly a dozen bowl games including the Cotton Bowl and Aloha Bowl.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 2 at Broussard's on Major Drive in Beaumont. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 3 at Wesley United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers you can donate to the Texas Association of Sports Officials Scholarship Fund. The donation is tax deductible.

Officials who attend the funeral are asked to wear striped shirts to honor Hicks. Coaches are asked to wear the shirts or jerseys from their school.

 

Why Attorney General Greg Abbott backed out of debate with Wendy Davis
KFDM News - Attorney General Greg Abbott backs out of one gubernatorial debate with opponent Wendy Davis.

According to a spokesperson for Abbott, the campaign canceled the Sept. 30 debate due to a disagreement over the format. Abbott's campaign says it's working to set up another debate with Davis following the cancellation.
 
Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis have only one other debate planned, but Abbott's spokesman says the campaign is trying to schedule another one.

KFDM News will broadcast a debate between Abbott and Davis at 6 p. m. on Sept. 19. Our parent company -- Sinclair Broadcasting Group -- has the exclusive rights that debate between the candidates.

KFDM learns State Comptroller has seized Finch Hutton Restaurant for nonpayment of sales and franchise tax

NEDERLAND - KFDM News has learned the State Comptroller's Office has seized Finch Hutton Restaurant in Nederland for nonpayment of taxes while the office is working with the taxpayer to resolve the liability, according to a spokesman for the Comptroller's Office.

A sign on the door of the restaurant states 'this property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes owed the State of Texas. The Comptroller of Public Accounts has seized this property for nonpayment of taxes, penalty or interest due the State of Texas. It is against the law to enter, dismantle, take possession of or remove anything from this property.'

Kevin Lyons with the Comptroller's Office told KFDM News the restaurant at 1147 Boston Avenue in Nederland was seized August 28. The liability owed is $32,572.84 related to nonpayment of sales and franchise tax. The period in question is April, May, June, and July of this year. The Comptroller's Office is working with the taxpayer to resolve the liability.

 

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