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Federal indictment against Texas Attorney Ken Paxton unsealed on Monday
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican leaders in Texas are not rushing to the defense of Attorney General Ken Paxton before he's expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges.
  
A grand jury indictment is expected to be unsealed Monday near Paxton's home in suburban Dallas. Special prosecutors and the Texas Rangers have been investigating Paxton for months over allegations that he misled investors before become the state's top law enforcement officer.
  
Paxton attorney Joe Kendall said in a brief statement late Saturday that they would honor a judge's instructions to not publicly comment.

Also staying quiet are Gov. Greg Abbott and other top GOP leaders. None have weighed in since a special prosecutor told The New York Times this weekend that Paxton has been indicted on three felony charges.


Firefighters battling wildfire in Colmesneil
TYLER COUNTY - by Haley Bull

Deputies tell KFDM News multiple agencies are battling between seven and 14 wildfires in Tyler County off CR256 east near Lake Tejas.

There is a voluntary evacuation in place for residents in the Lake Amanda community.

Investigators said state firefighters and all volunteer fire departments in Tyler County are working to put out the flames and have the upper hand.

Deputies are working to determine whether arson was a factor.

Local student killed in ATV crash
PRESS RELEASE FROM DPS:

At approximately 3:00 am, there was a crash on CR 1114 at the intersection of CR 1115 in Newton County.  The crash occurred about ten (10) miles Northwest of Brookeland, Texas and involved an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

A 2009 Polaris Ranger (ATV) was traveling on CR 1114 at the intersection of CR 1115 in Newton County.  The driver lost control and the ATV flipped over.  She was ejected and sustained fatal head injuries.

The driver of the ATV, Stevie Ray Hergert, of Jefferson County, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Brenda Smith.

This crash is still under investigation and there are no further details to be released at this time.

KFDM News learns Marcus Alan Deshotel bonds out of jail following intoxication manslaughter charge
KFDM News checked with the Jefferson County Jail tonight and learned 34-year old Marcus Alan Deshotel is out on bond.

A judge set Deshotel's bond at $100,000.

He's charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Troopers say he hit two sisters who were walking home Thursday evening in Cheek.

Nineteen-year-old Maxine Comeaux died at a hospital.

Her sister was treated and released.

Vidor man killed in motorcycle accident
PRESS RELEASE FROM DPS:

At approximately 8:00pm, there was a  motorcycle crash on FM 1004 near CR 3089 in Newton County. 

A 1996 Honda motorcycle was traveling westbound on FM 1004.  As the vehicle went into a curve, the driver lost control of the motorcycle.  The driver was ejected from the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet.

The driver, Henry McIntyre III (37) of Vidor, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Michael Greer.

This is an ongoing crash investigation and there are no further details to be released at this time.

Arson suspected in fire that destroy beauty shop
JASPER - KJAS Radio by Mike Lout

Arson is strongly suspected as the cause of a Friday evening fire that destroyed a beauty shop on the south side of Jasper.

The volunteers of the Jasper Fire Department were dispatched to the scene shortly after 9:30, when it was reported that flames could be seen coming from the left rear of the wood frame structure located at 971 South Bowie Street.

The blaze quickly spread through the building and the structure was completely engulfed in flames by the time the firemen arrived at the scene.

Jasper Fire Marshall Michael Collier said that police at the scene reportedly talked to a neighbor who told them that she saw at least one man or possibly two coming from behind the structure just minutes before the blaze broke out. However, the possible identity of those individuals, their description, and other details have not been released as the investigation into the incident continues.

Firemen battled the blaze till well after 10:00, before finally bringing it under control. However, no injuries resulted from the incident.

Collier said Dennis Austin and his wife owned the business.

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