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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.

Average gas price drops 12 cents in Beaumont area

BEAUMONT - The average price for one gallon of unleaded gasoline has dropped 12 cents in Beaumont during the past week, according to the weekly AAA Texas survey released Thursday.

The average is $2.33. It was $3 a gallon at this time last year. Amarillo has the state's lowest average at $2.10. Corpus Christi's is the highest at $2.34.

The record average high in Beaumont was $4 a gallon July 2008.


(Irving, TX) – From AAA Texas

Holiday cheer has come early for the motoring public, with the average for retail gasoline at its lowest level in more than five years. Today’s statewide average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.26 per gallon, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.  That price is 14 cents less than one week ago and 78 cents less than one year ago.  Of the major metropolitan areas that we survey in the Lone Star State, drivers in Corpus Christi are now paying the most at $2.34 and drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.10.  Texans are paying 22 cents less per gallon than the national average of $2.48.  Texas has among the top ten least expensive statewide gas price averages in the country.

AAA estimates drivers across the nation are saving more than $400 million dollars each day compared to the high prices paid earlier this year.  The average price at the pump has fallen nearly 25 percent since the start of the year, and if the global price of crude continues to register new multiyear lows, these lower prices are likely to persist. Barring any unexpected spikes in global prices, or declines in domestic production, the price at the pump should remain relatively low approaching the New Year and into 2015.

AAA Texas forecasts 8.1 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Year-End holidays, the highest growth rate for the holiday since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record.  Of those traveling, 7.5 million will travel by automobile and will certainly benefit from the lower pump prices. “Sluggish global oil demand combined with abundant supply in the market continues to be the reasons why we’ve seen prices move lower week after week,” said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. 

“For the millions of Texans expected to drive to holiday destinations next week these lower gas prices will leave them with more money to spend on travel, shopping and recreation during the holiday season.”

To help members and non-members identify quality auto repair shops that can assist in the maintenance and repair of their vehicles, AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service.  AAA-approved repair facilities meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA-approved shop online at  AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting  Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook:


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Update on shooting investigation in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is providing new information about a shooting investigation.

At 5:38 a.m. Thursday the Jefferson County Dispatch Center was advised of shots fired in the area of Blewett Road and Second Street in Cheek, according to Deputy Rod Carroll.

Responding deputies arrived to find a local resident that advised he was shot by an unknown individual in the shoulder.

He attempted to drive from the area when he lost control of his vehicle entering the yard of a local resident.

The victim was transported to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth Hospital by LaBelle-Fannett VFD EMS. He is listed in stable condition.  

This case is under investigation by the Jefferson County Criminal Investigation Division.


(earlier report) JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting in a subdivision off Highway 124./ Deputy Rod Carroll tells KFDM News a man was shot shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday off Blewett Road near Highway 124, in a subdivision close to Goodyear./ The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Carroll says the injuries aren't life threatening./ There are conflicting statements about what happened, according to Carroll.   

Deputies to search inside of murder victim's truck for clues

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

Jasper County Sheriff’s Department investigators are preparing to search a murder victim’s vehicle for evidence.

The 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck, which belonged to 85-year-old Herbert Wilson Deaton, has arrived back in Jasper after it was found on Monday by Abilene Police on a K-Mart parking lot. A crew from Jasper Xxon Towing & Recovery accompanied Jasper County Investigators Connie Jordan and Cal Morgan to Abilene, where the truck was loaded onto a rollback wrecker for transport.

The vehicle is currently in a locked building with evidence tape sealing the doors. That tape is scheduled to be cut on Thursday, and investigators will comb the interior for clues.

Jordan said the truck had been left on the K-Mart parking lot approximately three weeks ago and, although a distinctive layer of west Texas dust could be seen on the paint and windshield, Jordan said they found evidence that the truck had been washed at least once after it was stolen.

According to Jordan, she and Morgan tried to view store security video, but they learned that the store had no exterior cameras, and the interior cameras recycle their video every 10 days, so it’s not known if the couple went into the store to purchase anything.

Deaton was reported missing on Tuesday, November 11th, and his body was discovered on Friday, November 15th in a wooded area behind his home on County Road 73, in northwest Jasper County.

An autopsy concluded that Deaton died as the result of “homicidal violence”.

Investigators have named two persons of interest in the case; they have been identified as Robert Kelly Mounts, 48, and his girlfriend, Ashley Nicole Lewis, 29. According to Sheriff Mitchel Newman, the couple is considered armed and dangerous, and they are traveling with their 6-month-old baby daughter and are now believed to be in a 2005 silver Volkswagen Passat with Tennessee license plate N1375X.

Former Port Arthur city employee indicted on theft charge
PORT ARTHUR - A former Port Arthur city employee is facing the prospect of a trial following his grand jury indictment on a charge of stealing thousands of dollars.

The grand jury indicted Shauwn Williams, 40, on two counts of felony theft.

According to the indictment, from August 2012 to November of that year, Williams, who worked in the city's housing department, submitted fraudulent lawn care invoices for services he did not provide.

Investigators say the payments amounted to nearly $7,000.

If convicted, Williams faces two to 10 years in prison on each charge and up to a $10,000 fine.

Vehicle belonging to murdered Jasper County man is back in Jasper County
JASPER COUNTY - The vehicle belonging to a Jasper County man who was murdered is back in Jasper County.

Jasper County deputies are combing through Herbert Deaton's truck for evidence, linking the couple accused of killing the 89-year-old.

The truck was found Tuesday in Abilene, and deputies can confirm the couple was inside the vehicle.

Deputies believe the couple is now driving this silver Volkswagon Passat.

The couple has ties to a number of states.

If you have any information about where to find Robert Mounts and his girlfriend Ashley Lewis, you can call the Jasper County's Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.

Deaton was reported missing Nov. 11.

Investigators discovered his body a few days later in a wooded area behind his home off Highway 63, west of Jasper.

New information released on Vidor woman who died on a Beaumont road
BEAUMONT - KFDM News has learned new details in a case where a Vidor woman who ended up dead in the roadway after being in a moving vehicle.

According to a preliminary autopsy report, Tammy Carraway had severe wounds to the back of her head, possibly from hitting the curve or pavement when she left the vehicle.

The 39-year-old Vidor woman's body was found Dec. 7 in the 5400 block of South MLK near Florida street in Beaumont.

According to her boyfriend, they were driving when they got into an argument. He says Carraway jumped from the moving vehicle.

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