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WW II veteran and niece say they were ripped off after RV is taken
BEAUMONT-By Jennifer Gordy

George Turner is a World War Two veteran. 
You know that before you ever step foot inside his home.
He'll turn 88 later this month.
Turner's niece, Millie Dauenhauer, helps take care of him.
"I feel very stupid at this moment and I feel like I'm a very smart person, but I feel like I let my emotions take over," Dauenhauer said.
Turner had this RV for sale for four thousand dollars.  He says a buyer made a deal with him to repair things at the home  in exchange for the RV.
"They would do a certain amount of work around the house here. I had a little leak in my back bedroom and they were to fix that and other work and put up some awnings on the windows,"  Turner said.
They turned over the RV to a man they know only as 'Robert.'
Turner signed over the title.  The man gave them a hand-written note, confirming the deal.  You can't make out the signature.
Dauenhauer also gave 'Robert'  the death certificate for Turner's wife.
"Because he said he couldn't register them without that and I was under the impression that he was going to get the vehicle and we were going to get all this work done," Dauenhauer said.
They say the work hasn't been done.
Dauenhauer has tried to reach 'Robert' repeatedly by calling him and texting him.
Roger Ross is an investigator with the Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force.
"The problem they've got, they signed the back of the title and they signed a receipt that says it was paid in full. This man now has a receipt that says he paid for that and a title. So, now that vehicle is his," Ross said.
Ross has these words of warning for others.
"Do not turn over the property or title until you have full payment in cash," Ross said.
A hard lesson learned for a niece and her veteran uncle.
"I just really feel like I let him down I really do I feel like that he trusts me and does everything  I ask him to do and I feel like I let him down and I really feel bad. I'm sorry George," Dauenhauer said.

TUNE IN AT 6: There were two deadly crashes on I-10 today, both involving 18-wheelers. We'll have the details on both crashes and updated information on traffic delays on I-10 in Orange County. Plus, a World War II veteran says he made a deal to sell his RV, but says he was scammed. What he says happened. And, a well-known non-profit has become the latest victim in copper theft in the area. Plus, get your forecast. That and more news at 6 p.m.

A person killed in I-10 crash in Orange County
UPDATE 5:37 p.m. from DPS:  The preliminary investigation confirms that three (3) vehicles are involved in the crash.  The vehicles are a Truck Tractor Semi-trailer and 2 passenger vehicles.

DPS can confirm that one person has been killed in the crash, one severely burned and several others injured.

This is now a fatal crash investigation and long traffic delays are expected.

Information about specific details of this crash will be released when the investigation is complete and family members have been notified.

Trooper Davis

From DPS at 5:16 p.m.:

At approximately 4:30 pm, there was a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Highway 62 in Orange County.

Currently, both eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Highway 62 are closed.  All traffic is being diverted onto the feeder roads. This crash investigation is in the preliminary stages and lane closures are expected for another 3-4 hours.

Motorists should expect long delays and drive cautiously through the area.

Information will be provided as it becomes available.

Trooper Davis

UPDATE from DPS at 5:08 p.m.: Due to an 18-wheeler on fire, all lanes of IH10, east and westbound, are currently closed near SH62. DPS is rerouting traffic to the frontage roads.

A vehicle fire has halted traffic at I-10 near Highway 62 in Orange County. Expect delays. We will keep you updated.

Crash kills driver on I-10 in Calcasieu Parish
UPDATE - PRESS RELEASE from the Calcasieu Parish Fatal Crash
Calcasieu Parish - On September 2, 2014, at 8:10 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 Eastbound about 2 1/2 miles from the Texas state line.  The crash involved two large trucks and claimed the life of one of the drivers.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an 18-wheeler driven by 25-year-old Adrian T. Desmeuchet of Stafford, TX was traveling east on Interstate 10 in the right lane when his trailer was struck from behind by a second truck.  The second truck was heavily damaged and caught on fire.  The driver of the second truck was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.  The driver's identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.  Demeuchet was not injured.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers.  The crash remains under investigation.
Interstate 10 Eastbound was closed at the crash location for 2 hours and 20 minutes until the left lane could safely be opened. The right lane remained closed for an additional 41/2 hours for cleanup and investigation.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, inattentive and distracted driving continues to be a factor in many of the crashes that occur in our state.  Information on distracted driving may be found online at

Troop D has investigated 9 fatal crashes resulting in 9 deaths this year.

Former Crystal Beach fire chief booked and released following indictments

GALVESTON COUNTY - The former Crystal Beach fire chief was booked and released Tuesday after posting bond on charges of Theft and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property.

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office reports David Loop, 56, surrendered Tuesday morning at the Sheriff's Office.

The grand jury indicted Loop last week on charges of Theft by a Public Servant, a 2nd degree felony, and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, a 3rd degree felony.

The indictments are the result of a 9 month investigation by Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation  Detectives, the District Attorney's Fraud Examiner and the Public Integity Prosecutor.

According to sheriff's investigators, Loop is accused of using the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department's credit card at a Louisiana race track and casino in the amount of more than $25,000.00. Investigators also say he's accused of misappropriating more than $45,000.00 of the department's money. 

Loop's bonds are $10,000.00 for the Theft charge and $5,000.00 for the Misapplication of Fiduciary Property charge.

Fatal accident backs up traffic on I-10 near state line in Louisiana

TEXAS/LOUISIANA STATE LINE - A fatal accident is backing up traffic in Texas near the state line in Louisiana.

Louisiana State Police are reporting the driver of a rental truck ran into an 18 wheeler at about 9 a.m. Tuesday on Eastbound IH-10 at mile marker 2.

The right-hand lane remained closed late into the morning. Investigators aren't sure when it'll reopen. The left lane is open. Traffic is backed up into Texas.


Oil and gas well blowout in Tyler County

TYLER COUNTY - First responders are working an oil and gas well blowout near Dam B in Tyler County.

Dale Freeman, the Tyler County Emergency Management Coordinator, says a company was putting together some equipment for drilling an oil and gas well for another company when it blew out at about 1 a.m. Monday, about seven miles north of Highway 190, north of Dam B.

Natural gas was released and oil began leaking into the Tamplin Creek. They called a clean-up crew that captured all of the oil that went down the creek.

There were no injuries. Workers were evacuated from the scene.

There is still oil and natural gas coming out of the well. Workers are containing the oil before it flows into the creek.

There is a safety zone, a quarter to half mile away. No residents live in that area.


ATV accident kills man in Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in an ATV accident.

Deputies say they received a 911 call shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday August 30 reporting an accident at the private Sabine ATV Park in Burkeville. 

Chief Cynthia Hall and Officer Joshua Beckman responded to the call along with EMS.  They found a 22 year old man who was unresponsive. Toi Calvin Warren, 22, of Louisiana, died at the scene.

Justice of the Peace Connie Smith pronounced him dead.


Fire damages Beaumont home

BEAUMONT - Beaumont firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home in the north end of town.

The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the 11000 block of Pine Haven.  When firefighters arrived, flames had engulfed the rear of the single, two story home. The flames prevented firefighters from immediately going inside. It took more than one hour to control the flames.

Neighbors said one person lives in the home but the person wasn't there at the time of the fire.


BISD axes school bus transportation for after school activities
BEAUMONT - Another big change at the Beaumont school district, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Buses for after school activities have been suspended indefinitely. That means no buses for athletic practices, band, cheerleading, volleyball, drill team and other extracurricular activities.

Also, buses that have transported students home after games have been suspended.

Tutorial buses for after school activities have been suspended as well.

It's part of the budget the board of managers adopted last week that cut expenses at the district.

A BISD spokesperson says the change may be revisited in the future.

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