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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.

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
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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.

Texas Attorney General indicted on securities fraud charge
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A special prosecutor says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted on felony charges accusing the Republican of misleading investors before taking office.
  
Kent Schaffer, a Houston defense attorney appointed by a judge to the case, told The New York Times on Saturday that Collin County grand jurors indicted Paxton on two counts of first-degree securities fraud and a lesser charge of not registering.

The most serious allegations are that he encouraged investment in a tech startup that's now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The charges stem from activity before Paxton took office in January. Paxton was fined last year for not disclosing to Texas securities regulators he was getting commissions for soliciting investors.

Paxton aides didn't respond to messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Beaumont police searching for convenience store robber
BEAUMONT - Beaumont police are searching for a person who robbed a convenience store on Louisiana Street.

According to a dispatch supervisor, someone robbed the Shop and Go in the 2000 block of Louisiana Street.

It happened around 6 p.m. Saturday.

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