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WOCCISD revisits procedures after bus mix up
ORANGE - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News

The West Orange school district is working out a plan to prevent students from taking the wrong bus and ending up in the wrong location after several students were placed on the wrong bus in the first couple of days of school.

Camron Steward says her daughter Caydence was one of those students.

“I told her you get to ride the bus with your sisters. You're going to have so much fun and it just turned into a disaster,” Steward said.

She says when the school bus stopped in front of her apartment complex, she only saw two of her three kids get off the bus.

Her kindergartener was placed on the wrong bus.

“They couldn't locate her; nobody could get a hold of the bus barn. She was on the bus for about 3 hours, so it was a little scary.”

Eventually, Caydence was dropped back off at the school where her mother was waiting to pick her up.

“The second she got off, she was just crying. She was hot, hungry and she had to go to the bathroom. She just kept crying saying she was scared,” said Steward.

The district released the following statement:

“In a situation that occurred on Monday afternoon, an elementary student was placed on a wrong bus due to an error interpreting their address. We sincerely apologize for this and appreciate the support of our community as we work through the start of school and streamline our processes.”
Steward believes the mistake came about with the way their address is catalogued with the school, since they live on Fourth Street and the bus stop is on Fifth Street.

A district spokeswoman also released a statement surrounding how the district plans to fix the problem.

“To avoid future occurrences of this problem,” it reads, “The WOCCISD is compiling an additional block by block listing of Fourth Street addresses and what bus students are specifically assigned to ride. Transportation and campus staff will work closely together to make certain students return home on the proper bus route.”

Steward says she took her daughter to school the second day, but allowed her to ride the bus Wednesday after Caydence decided she wanted to give it another try.

Jury convicts Kelvin Roy of murder

ORANGE - A jury has convicted Kelvin Roy of murdering a Vidor teenage girl after crashing into her family's car.

KFDM's Haley Bull is covering the trial of Kelvin Roy. Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.

The jury in Judge Dennis Powell's courtroom began deliberating at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and returned with the guilty verdict shortly before 4:45 p.m. The judge told the crowd there should be on outbursts. There were gasps and cries from the audience when the verdict was announced.

Roy, 32, could receive up to a life sentence. The punishment phase is set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The trial began Monday in Judge Dennis Powell's court.

Roy was convicted of murder in the death of Alexandria Bertrand, 16, known as Lexy to her family and friends. She was a student at Vidor High School.

The teen died following a collision February 7 on Old Highway 90 in Vidor. Investigators say Kelvin Roy crashed into a van driven by the teen's mother. Bertrand died at a hospital the following day.

Prosecutors say Roy deliberately drove into the van while high on drugs. His girlfriend was in the car with him when he left Beaumont and got onto the Interstate. She says he never tried to stop when he crashed into the van. Roy's attorney says his client didn't intend to crash into the van.

During closing arguments, prosecutors showed a picture of Lexy smiling and then showed the jury an autopsy picture. There were gasps and tears.

The prosecutor said, "this case is about Lexy Bertrand, this beautiful, 16 year old girl, a big sister to three young brothers."

The prosecutor showed a picture of an identification bracelet around Bertrand's ankle and said, "this band around her ankle is the last piece of jewelry Lexy will ever receive or wear. There won't be a senior ring. There won't be a wedding ring. There won't be a locket that had maybe a lock of her child's hair in it. This is it."

Here is a summary of closing arguments and reporting from Haley via Twitter (from most recent to earliest):

Roy's handcuffs are back on as he is taken out of the courtroom during the recess.

Arguments are finished. Jury deliberations are starting.

Prosecutor: "the loss to Lexy's family and the community cannot be restored."

Roy appears neutral throughout the arguments.

Prosecutor tells jurors voluntary intoxication is not a defense.

Prosecutor says about Roy's testimony: "that's not what happened... That's not what the evidence shows in this case, not at all."

Prosecutor asks jury about Brown: "what reason does she have to lie? Really? She doesn't."

State making final argument.

"... There's no way he intended to hurt anybody."

He says "a murder indictment doesn't fit these facts. It's a manslaughter case clear and simple"..

Attorney: "if this was less tragic I believe it would have been charged as manslaughter."

Attorney says jury will have to decide between Roy and Brown's story, "would you invest with her? I wouldn't feel comfortable."

Attorney said "there really wasn't much an investigation done", that state is asking jury to believe intoxicated woman

Attorney about Roy: "I'm not trying to say he's innocent..." Goes on to say but "the intent to murder doesn't add up."

Attorney says about Brown: "the greater fact is the inconsistency, someone going back and forth on this can't be trusted."

Attorney says medical records and notes do not show Brown mentioning Roy tried to kill her.

Attorney shows Brown's record from the emergency room, showing intoxication, claiming that contradicts her statements to jury.

Attorney says all of the sudden she's involved in a huge wreck and thinks "I need to get out of this situation."

Attorney argues Brown had a reason to lie.

Attorney: "all the evidence they had supported intoxication and not intent", toxicology reports showed clear evidence of drinking and drugs."

Attorney: "the evidence is overwhelming for intoxication."

Attorney says Brown's testimony was only one for intent.

Asks jury to "ignore the emotional onslaught" prosecutors showed, says it was added for shock value.

And the consequences are what they are."

Prosecutor: "basically what he did was he might have strapped a parachute to his back, stepped out of a plane..."

Talking about Roy's drug use, prosecutor says "picking up that PCP cigarette was a choice the defendant made."

Prosecutor tells jury witness accounts contradict Roy's statements, asks where was the man he was going to pay during the case?

Prosecutor quotes a witness, saying Brown told the witness after the impact "he's trying to kill us.

Prosecutor is summarizing witness testimony on hearing the acceleration right before the crash.

Prosecutor says Brown is "no shining nickle"... But "that's his association, that's his girlfriend."

".. There won't be a locket that had maybe a lock of her child's hair in it, this is it."

"Is the last piece of jewelry that Lexy will ever receive or wear. There won't be a senior ring, there won't be a wedding ring."

Showing picture of identification bracelet around Bertrand's ankle, prosecutor says: "This band around her ankle..."

Prosecutor shows a picture of a smiling Bertrand to the jury, followed by an autopsy photo. Gasps and years from audience follow.

Prosecutor: "this case is about Lexy Bertrand, this beautiful, 16 year old girl, a big sister to three young brothers."

Prosecutor: "Lexy is a victim of the defendant's intended consequences."

State starting closing arguments.

And if the act caused Bertrand's death.

The jury will consider if Roy intentionally tried to injure Brown, if Roy intentionally drove the vehicle into another...

And committing an act, running his vehicle into another, causing the death of Lexy Bertrand.\Judge is explaining to the jury the charge. Roy's accused of intending to cause serious bodily injury to Taralynn Brown (his gf).

Trial is back underway. Roy is charged with murder, he pleads not guilty


UPDATE: Rose City water back on; but continue boiling water
ROSE CITY update - The water in Rose City is back on tonight (Wednesday), but officials say residents must continue boiling their water until Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

The city issued the boil water notice after a pipe was broken during construction to place new fire hydrants in the city.

If you have any questions, call Rose City Hall at (409) 769-6809.

If you want to contact the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, call (512) 239-4691.

Jury begins deliberations in Kelvin Roy murder trial

ORANGE - The jury has begun deliberating in the Kelvin Roy murder trial in Orange after both sides finished closing arguments.

KFDM's Haley Bull is covering the trial of Kelvin Roy. Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.

Kelvin Roy, 32, could receive up to a life sentence if a jury in Orange County convicts him of murder. His trial began Monday in Judge Dennis Powell's court.

Roy is charged with murder in the death of Alexandria Bertrand, 16, known as Lexy to her family and friends. She was a student at Vidor High School.

The teen died following a collision February 7 on Old Highway 90 in Vidor. Investigators say Kelvin Roy crashed into a van driven by the teen's mother. Bertrand died at a hospital the following day.

Prosecutors say Roy deliberately drove into the van while high on drugs. His girlfriend was in the car with him when he left Beaumont and got onto the Interstate. She says he never tried to stop when he crashed into the van. Roy's attorney says his client didn't intend to crash into the van.

During closing arguments, prosecutors showed a picture of Lexy smiling and then showed the jury an autopsy picture. There were gasps and tears.

The prosecutor said, "this case is about Lexy Bertrand, this beautiful, 16 year old girl, a big sister to three young brothers."

The prosecutor showed a picture of an identification bracelet around Bertrand's ankle and said, "this band around her ankle is the last piece of jewelry Lexy will ever receive or wear. There won't be a senior ring. There won't be a wedding ring. There won't be a locket that had maybe a lock of her child's hair in it. This is it."

Here is a summary of closing arguments and reporting from Haley via Twitter (from most recent to earliest):

Roy's handcuffs are back on as he is taken out of the courtroom during the recess.

Arguments are finished. Jury deliberations are starting.

Prosecutor: "the loss to Lexy's family and the community cannot be restored."

Roy appears neutral throughout the arguments.

Prosecutor tells jurors voluntary intoxication is not a defense.

Prosecutor says about Roy's testimony: "that's not what happened... That's not what the evidence shows in this case, not at all."

Prosecutor asks jury about Brown: "what reason does she have to lie? Really? She doesn't."

State making final argument.

"... There's no way he intended to hurt anybody."

He says "a murder indictment doesn't fit these facts. It's a manslaughter case clear and simple"..

Attorney: "if this was less tragic I believe it would have been charged as manslaughter."

Attorney says jury will have to decide between Roy and Brown's story, "would you invest with her? I wouldn't feel comfortable."

Attorney said "there really wasn't much an investigation done", that state is asking jury to believe intoxicated woman

Attorney about Roy: "I'm not trying to say he's innocent..." Goes on to say but "the intent to murder doesn't add up."

Attorney says about Brown: "the greater fact is the inconsistency, someone going back and forth on this can't be trusted."

Attorney says medical records and notes do not show Brown mentioning Roy tried to kill her.

Attorney shows Brown's record from the emergency room, showing intoxication, claiming that contradicts her statements to jury.

Attorney says all of the sudden she's involved in a huge wreck and thinks "I need to get out of this situation."

Attorney argues Brown had a reason to lie.

Attorney: "all the evidence they had supported intoxication and not intent", toxicology reports showed clear evidence of drinking and drugs."

Attorney: "the evidence is overwhelming for intoxication."

Attorney says Brown's testimony was only one for intent.

Asks jury to "ignore the emotional onslaught" prosecutors showed, says it was added for shock value.

And the consequences are what they are."

Prosecutor: "basically what he did was he might have strapped a parachute to his back, stepped out of a plane..."

Talking about Roy's drug use, prosecutor says "picking up that PCP cigarette was a choice the defendant made."

Prosecutor tells jury witness accounts contradict Roy's statements, asks where was the man he was going to pay during the case?

Prosecutor quotes a witness, saying Brown told the witness after the impact "he's trying to kill us.

Prosecutor is summarizing witness testimony on hearing the acceleration right before the crash.

Prosecutor says Brown is "no shining nickle"... But "that's his association, that's his girlfriend."

".. There won't be a locket that had maybe a lock of her child's hair in it, this is it."

"Is the last piece of jewelry that Lexy will ever receive or wear. There won't be a senior ring, there won't be a wedding ring."

Showing picture of identification bracelet around Bertrand's ankle, prosecutor says: "This band around her ankle..."

Prosecutor shows a picture of a smiling Bertrand to the jury, followed by an autopsy photo. Gasps and years from audience follow.

Prosecutor: "this case is about Lexy Bertrand, this beautiful, 16 year old girl, a big sister to three young brothers."

Prosecutor: "Lexy is a victim of the defendant's intended consequences."

State starting closing arguments.

And if the act caused Bertrand's death.

The jury will consider if Roy intentionally tried to injure Brown, if Roy intentionally drove the vehicle into another...

And committing an act, running his vehicle into another, causing the death of Lexy Bertrand.\Judge is explaining to the jury the charge. Roy's accused of intending to cause serious bodily injury to Taralynn Brown (his gf).

Trial is back underway. Roy is charged with murder, he pleads not guilty

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