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UPDATE: Two people found dead appear to be a double suicide
BEAUMONT - UPDATE: Beaumont police say the two people found dead outside in back of a home on Concord Street appear to have died in a double suicide.

However, they say, it's still early in the investigation.

The home is located in the 3300 block of Concord. Stay with KFDM News for more updates. We have a crew at the scene.







Two bodies found at home on Concord Street in Beaumont
BEAUMONT - Beaumont police say the two people found dead outside in back of a home on Concord Street. 

The call came into dispatch around 5:15 p.m.

KFDM has a crew at the scene.

Some of the stories we are working on for 6PM

Tune in for these and more stories at 6PM:

How long will it be before a new superintendent takes the reigns at Beaumont schools? There may be an answer tonight.

 

Will Valero and the City of Port Arthur kiss and make up?  Sources are speculating.

 

If the cop pulls you over and hands you something, you must have been in Nederland today --Jessica Crawford has the story

 

The Newton Eagles 3A-Division II State Championship game is underway. How are they doing? Tune in. Then go to the KFDM Tailgate Party on Facebook.

 

Tune in at 6pm for these stories, Lamar and high school sports and more with New Anchors Kelli Phillips and Greg Kerr.

Stranded bottlenose dolphin rescued on Bolivar Peninsula

The Galveston County Sheriff's department found a juvenile Bottlenose dolphin stranded on the Bolivar Peninsula at 3:30am Thursday. 

 

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) reports that it immediately mobilized and transported the dolphin to its rehabilitation facility where it is getting veterinary care. (see image from TMMSN Facebook page)

 

KTRK out of Houston is reporting that the dolphin is now swimming on its own and veterinarians are testing to find out what caused her to be stranded on the Bolivar beach.

 

According to the TMMSN website "volunteers help with stranded mammals, which many times means the animal is either dead or close to death by the time it is found. If the animal is still alive, it is taken from the beach and placed in a rehab pool, and blood is drawn to determine if it is sick."

 

"This is when many volunteers are needed because someone needs to stay with the animal 24 hours a day until it can recover."

 

"There is a Critical Care Team that has advanced training and they take shifts during the first 72-hour time period when the animal is in a critical period of stabilization.”

 

The TMMSN says on today's Facebook post, "Please remember, our goal is always to return these animals to their natural habitat, but dolphins on the Texas coast do not generally strand without disease. Most do not survive the stranding event and those that do may require long-term care to restore their health. We always give each case our undivided attention and all resources at our disposal, and this case is no different. We'll post updates as we are able."

 

Bottlenoses are the most common type of dolphin strandings in Texas. What makes this rare is that the animal was found alive.  The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) notes that “ not all strandings are live; in fact the vast majority of animals that strand are dead.

 

 A Texas A&M tamuTimes newspaper article notes "Dolphins that beach themselves on a Texas shoreline can be a fairly common sight – about 130-150 “strandings” occur every year in Texas. 



Bottlenose interesting facts from NOAA Fisheries "Bottlenose dolphins are the most studied cetacean in the wild because they live near coasts, and in captivity because they adapt well to oceanariums."

 

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network was started in 1980 by a group of Texas A&M-Galveston researchers led by Raymond Tarpley, but today it is a stand-alone, non-profit organization that relies on grants and donations and works with several state agencies, such as Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Review: 'The interview deserves to be seen'

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer

That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in.

 

It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce. As of Thursday morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its planned release due to terrorist threats by hackers said to be connected to North Korea. The movie's prospects of ever seeing the light of day are very much in doubt.

 

Yet "The Interview" is already assured of cinematic infamy. Whatever its future, it will go down as the satire that provoked an authoritarian dictatorship, roiled Sony Pictures in a massive hacking attack and prompted new questions of cyber warfare, corporate risk-tasking and comedic audacity.

 

The movie's fate is a travesty, regardless of its merits. But what of its merits?

 

Though "The Interview," directed by Rogen and Goldberg, never quite manages the duo's calibrated blend of sincerity and over-the-top crudeness, it nevertheless usually pulses with an unpredictable absurdity and can-you-believe-we're-doing-this glee. Its greatest charm is that it so happily brings the silliest, most ludicrous of knives (a preening James Franco, lots of butt jokes) to North Korea's militarized gunfight.

 

Rogen plays Aaron Rapoport, a journalism-school grad who has found himself, ignobly, producing an "Extra!"-like entertainment news show, "Skylark Tonight," hosted by his friend Dave Skylark (Franco). The show traffics in the fluff of celebrity with occasional scoops. (Eminem makes a funny cameo as himself with the out-of-the-blue confession that he's gay.)

 

When it's learned that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is a fan of the show, they maneuver to land an interview for a kind of modern "Frost/Nixon" televised tete-a-tete, though one with the same penchant for ascots. (Franco's Skylark is an extreme dandy who speaks largely in over-used slang and has a strange obsession with "Lord of the Rings.").

 

Before their trip to Pyongyang, a CIA agent (Lizzy Caplan) recruits the pair with the mission to turn their big interview into an assassination. "Take him out," she instructs before putting them through training.

 

Like another comedy about the wrong Americans sent overseas, Bill Murray's "Stripes," "The Interview" is better on American soil and on less sure footing once it lands in North Korea. This is partly logistical. Though "The Interview" obviously couldn't have shot on location and had limited images to draw on for its sets, the movie fails to create even a half-plausible North Korean atmosphere and is left claustrophobically meandering almost entirely in palace interiors.

 

Their first meeting with Kim (Randall Park) isn't a regal pageant; he just knocks softly on Skylark's door and eagerly introduces himself as a "huge fan." One of the real disappointments of the film's cancellation is that people may never get to see Park's performance. His Kim is more complex than the broad caricature you'd expect: He's a jovial young leader haunted by daddy issues, having been called soft by his father for adoring American pop culture. He's a surprisingly agile basketball player and a lover of Katy Perry songs.

 

Even in North Korea, Rogen and company are more at home in American pop: Western civilization is more the target of "The Interview" than the DPRK. 

 

As Skylark's interview nears, their assassination attempts fail and ethical quandaries mount. Skylark and Kim ("a cool guy," pleads Skylark) become fast friends, palling around together and shooting off tanks. If anything, the film, written by Dan Sterling from the story by Goldberg and Rogen (their second time directing after the better "This Is the End"), verges on making Kim too likable.

 

And while the movie leads to a fiery end and a slow reveal of the famine Kim inflicts on his people, most who see "The Interview" will say to themselves: THIS is what prompted an international incident? There's nothing scandalous about "The Interview," unless you happen to believe Kim is a god who rides around on unicorns.

 

Despite the large presence of Park's dictator, this is really Franco's movie. Seemingly energized by his more outlandish performances (like his Alien in "Spring Breakers"), he's here in full, grinning Jerry Lewis-mode, a rubber-faced infotainment parody. His chemistry with Rogen is predictably solid.

 

Charlie Chaplin, Ernest Lubitsch and the "South Park" guys have all tried before to find comedy in the shadow of evil and thereby do a little to disarm it. "The Interview" struggles to really illuminate anything about the stranger-than-fiction Orwellian nightmare that is North Korea, but its attempt is admirable. It deserves to be seen.

 

And, yes, having your film taken down by a totalitarian regime wins you an extra star.

 

"The Interview," a Sony Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence." Running time: 112 minutes. Three stars out of four.

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MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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KFDM News learns Jefferson County fugitive jailed in North Texas

JEFFERSON COUNTY - KFDM News has learned a fugitive from Jefferson County is behind bars in North Texas.

Anthony Charles Nichols, 21, is jailed in Mesquite, according to information Jefferson County Deputy Rod Carroll has confirmed to KFDM News.

Nichols was booked into jail December 16 on charges of failure to identify, theft of property and tampering with a government record.

He's wanted in Jefferson County on charges of aggravated robbery, robbery, evading arrest detention, theft, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He's accused of taking part in the robbery of a Verizon Wireless store in Beaumont.

Nichols was the subject of a manhunt October 29 in Port Arthur after officers with the U.S. Marshals Service tried to serve him with an arrest warrant and he jumped from a second floor window of an apartment.

Carroll expects that deputies will transport Nichols back to Jefferson County in the near future. 

Lt. Brian Parrish with the Mesquite Police Department tells KFDM News Nichols was at a Target store in Mequite where a loss prevention officer saw him taking electronic items. He was stopped while walking out the door. Mesquite Police took him in for questioning. They say he gave a false name. They ran a check of his fingerprints and his name and DOB showed up. They filed charges against him in Mesquite and discovered six arrest warrants out of Jefferson County. Lt. Parrish says Nichols is accused of taking a T-Mobile box and some Beats headphones, total value of about $250, from the Target.

(October 29) KFDM News - A Port Arthur man -- accused of robbing a Beaumont Verizon store -- jumped out of a second-floor housing complex window wearing only a muscle shirt and boxers (and no shoes) to escape U.S. Marshals trying to serve him a warrant on Wednesday.

Twenty-year-old Anthony Nichols caused a day-long man hunt Wednesday. Authorities put two Port Arthur schools on lock down and used a helicopter and K-9s to search for Nichols.

Port Arthur police called off the search for Nichols around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Police believe he is hiding out in a wooded area between 9th Avenue and Twin City Highway.

Police canvassed the area all day after Nichols jumped out of a second floor window at the South Wood Crossing housing complex after United States Marshals tried serving him a warrant.

Nichols is wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Verizon Store in Beaumont on College Street.

Police said Nichols jumped out of the window wearing only a black muscle shirt and plaid pink and green boxer shorts.

He also has an injured left wrist he sustained in a motorcycle accident last night in Houston. His bare footprints have been tracked, and he is believed to be trapped somewhere in the area.

The Beaumont Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice assisted in the search that included a helicopter and K-9 units. Two Port Arthur schools -- Memorial High School and Staff Sargent Lucian Adams Elementary School -- were both briefly placed on lock-down during the search. Police helped during dismissal at the schools by adding extra patrol.

A perimeter has been set up around the area, and the search will continue in the morning if Nichols is not caught. If you see Nichols, police ask that you call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Where is school debt in SE Texas concentrated?

School districts in the nine-county Southeast Texas region had more than $1.4 trillion dollars of tax -supported debt in 2013, TexasTransparency.org shows.


It would be easy to guess that hurricanes have had severe impacts on districts along the south end of Southeast Texas --  that is where four of the most debt-per-student districts lie.


There is also a heavy concentration of debt -- 71 percent of it is owed by just five districts:

  • Beaumont $398 million
  • Port Arthur $262 million
  • Barbers Hill $172 million and
  • Port Neches Groves $118 million
  • West Orange-Cove $55.3 million

 

While the hurricane-stricken Sabine Pass district is not in that top five, it has the largest debt per student of any of the schools district in the nine-county area at $66,568 per student -- the highest in a group of 10 districts of its approximate size ranging from 343 to 358 students. Sabine Pass had 344 students.

Barbers Hill also stands out in its 10 ISD group with the highest amount of debt and the highest per-student-debt -$37,956

  • Port Arthur also stands out in its 10-ISD group with similar number of students -- it has the highest amount of debt and the second highest debt-per-student -$29,190
  • Port Neches Groves -- the highest debt and second the highest debt-per-student in its peer group -$24,266
  • West Orange-Cove -- the highest debt and the highest debt-per-student in its peer group - $23,985
  • Beaumont -- further from the coast, had the third highest debt and the third highest debt-per-student - $20,073


Glancing at the map of Texas on the site, districts with the highest debt tend to be located on the peripheries of large cities and along the San Antonio-Austin Corridor.








KFDM news on scene of Port Arthur house fire

KFDM Channel 6 News Shooter, LD Ray is on the scene of a house fire in the 3300 block of Roya Court. in Port Arthur.

More details to come.

 

Beaumont to start picking up heavy trash each week

The City of Beaumont will begin weekly heavy trash pickup for residents starting January 5, 2015,  The Solid Waste Division is making this change to help maintain clean and safe city streets.


Residents can expect their heavy trash to be picked up on the same day of the week that their household garbage is picked up.


Landfill workers will convert the yard waste collected from heavy trash into mulch. That mulch is then offered free to citizens of Beaumont. With this in mind, we discourage the mixing of everyday household garbage with the yard waste in the heavy trash.


If you have any questions, please contact the City of Beaumont Solid Waste Division at 409-842-1483.

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