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Jury in 'Baby Faith' case has retired for the night
UPDATE 2 -- Jury to resume deliberation at 8:30 in the morning in the "Baby Faith" case.
UPDATE -- The Jury in the Baby Faith case has entered into deliberations.
The original story: 
BEAUMONT -- The defense and the state have rested their cases in the trial of  "Baby" Faith Mason's mother, Christine Johnson.

Johnson is on trial for injuries investigators say the 1-month-old child received in 2013.

KFDM's Jessica Crawford is covering the trial and sent this update for the News at Noon.

The closing arguments in the case will begin this afternoon.

The defense called its final witnesses today in Judge John Steven's courtroom.

The defense used witnesses to talk about Johnson's mental capability and who was with the baby during the time the baby was injured, 

You can follow KFDM's Jessica Crawford's tweets from the trial on twitter.

If convicted, Johnson could face up to life in prison. The father also faces a charge in the case but he is not on trial.



3 jailed after $7,000 shopping spree with Sheriff's Office credit card

By Steve Stewart

JASPER (KJAS.com and Rayburn Broadcasting Company ) -- The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department said on Thursday that it was recently discovered that an inmate in the county jail, who was a trustee, allegedly stole a sheriff’s department credit card and smuggled it to his girlfriend, and now the girlfriend and another woman are in custody after going on an approximately $7,000.00 shopping spree.


According to Lieutenant Cal Morgan, the trustee, whose name has not yet been released, hid the card in some items that he allowed to be released to his girlfriend.


Morgan said the department was recently contacted by the credit card company and notified of the suspicious charges that had been taking place.


According to Morgan, the two women spent the majority of the money at multiple WalMart stores in this region, purchasing clothing, cell phones, hair care products, gift cards, and other personal items, and the women also returned some of the items in exchange for cash.


Morgan said investigators obtained both arrest warrants and a search warrant and descended upon a house on Highway 190 East behind Sabine State Bank in Jasper late Wednesday evening where the two women were taken into custody, and numerous items were recovered.


Morgan said most of the clothing items still had tags on them, and at this point investigators are still discovering more purchases, and the $7,000.00 estimate is expected to go higher.


The names of the male trustee and the two women have not yet been released, pending formal charges and arraignment.

Local church group says it will help burned out Jasper business

By Mike Lout

JASPER (KJAS.com and Rayburn Broadcasting Company) -- A church here in Jasper announced on Thursday that it plans to help a local business which was recently destroyed by fire, with the possibility of constructing a new building.


The pastor of the First Presbyterian Church on Verna Street, Cindy Wunder, said the church plans to assist Dennis Austin with the replacement or rebuilding of his family owned beauty shop on South Bowie Street, which was destroyed in a late July blaze.


The fire, which has since been labeled a case of arson, began in the back of the wood frame structure and quickly moved throughout the building, completely destroying it and everything inside.


Wunder said the church plans to rescue the business through it’s recently organized outreach program known as “Peace Beyond Understanding”, a group which she said was formed to bring racial harmony to the community.


Wunder says the first phase or step of the project will be to demolish the existing structure and clean up the site, as they get ready to rebuild the business.


The group, which is headed up by Hill Kemp, is asking for help from the community both in physical labor, and building materials. In addition, they are asking for donations of beauty supplies and beauty shop equipment as they work to return three jobs to the community.


Those wanting to help or donate supplies or funding should call 409-384-8415 or 409-382-5033.

Four arrested for Sun Loan robbery

ORANGE -- The Orange Police Department has arrest four men for the robbery of Sun Loans at 1104 16th St. in Orange on Monday. 

 

After an extensive investigation by the Orange Police Department’s Detective Division, arrest warrants were obtained for four individuals. All four subjects (all Orange residents) have been arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery, a 1st Degree Felony. 

 

Those arrested were 

JOSHUA TREMAINE SHAW,  DOB: 08/29/94  (Arrested Tuesday 08/25/15)

 

JORDAN CHANCELOR PITRE, DOB 07/17/91 (Arrested Wednesday 08/26/15)

 

MASON PAUL BUTLER, DOB 03/22/92 (Arrested Thursday 08/27/15)

 

RAYMOND CHARLES YOUNG,  DOB 11/06/96 (Arrested Thursday 08/27/15) 

Search warrant: Virginia shooter had wig, sunglasses in his rental car

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A few of the items recovered from the car of the man, who shot and killed two journalists on live TV, indicated he may have been trying to disguise himself to escape.

Among the items were a black hat, a wig, a shawl, an umbrella and sunglasses, according to the search warrant obtained by WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

A Glock pistol, six Glock magazines and 9 mm ammunition were also discovered when authorities executed a search on the Cheverolet driven by 41-year-old, Vestor Flanagan.

The warrant was executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to legal documents, the following was recovered from that vehicle:

  • A Glock pistol including magazine and ammunition
  • A white iPhone case
  • Six Glock magazines
  • 9 mm ammunition
  • An assortment of handwritten and typed letters and notes
  • A bookbag with random papers and cards
  • A Glock pistol case
  • Seventeen stamped letters
  • A briefcase with three license plates, a wig, a shawl, an umbrella and sunglasses
  • A Enterprise Rental Agreement
  • Notes/To-do list
  • A black hat
  • A bag with "random supplies"

According to The Associated Press, Flanagan switched from his car to the rental car sometime after fleeing the scene of the shooting. Roanoke police found Flanagan's Ford Mustang at the city's airport; it is being held as evidence.

According to The Associated Press, Flanagan switched from his car to the rental car sometime after fleeing the scene of the shooting. Roanoke police found Flanagan's Ford Mustang at the city's airport; it is being held as evidence.

Flanagan Car Search Warrant

Officers investigating possible drowning at Collier's Ferry Park
BEAUMONT -- Beaumont First Responders are on the scene of a possible drowning at Collier's Ferry Park off Pine St.

An officer at the scene says a man and his wife were swimming in the Neches River.  He said he turned to away and when he looked back, she was not there.

Lane closures on I-10 from state line to Adams Bayou

TRAFFIC ALERT (TXDOT) -- Expect lane closures tonight and Sunday night along the outside, eastbound lane of I-10 from the state line to Adams Bayou. 7 pm-6 am. Crews will be working on shoulder reconstruction.

Gas prices drop 7 cents in Texas; Golden Triangle has lowest avg. price

COPPELL -- Texas drivers are now paying an average of $2.29 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. 

 

That price is seven cents less than last week and 97 cents less per gallon than last year.  Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in the Lone Star State, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $2.53 per gallon while drivers in Beaumont are paying the least at $2.19 per gallon. 

 

Nationally, drivers are paying $2.53, which is twelve cents less than last week and 90 cents less than a year ago.  Texas drivers are paying 24 cents less than the national average.

 

Average U.S. gas prices today are at the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004 due to the steep decline in the cost of crude oil. Gas prices have dropped recently despite ongoing refinery problems in the Midwest, and prices should continue to fall this autumn due to declining demand and the switchover to winter-blend gasoline.

 

Weekly price comparisons continue to reflect volatile fluctuations in the balance between regional supply and demand. Just a week after Midwestern drivers were reeling from sharply higher pump prices, motorists in these same states have seen prices plummet week-over-week:

 

Year-over-year discounts in the price of retail gasoline persist, largely due to the price of crude being significantly discounted from this date in 2014. Crude oil prices have continued to sag, due to persisting global oversupply and concerns about the health of the Chinese economy. China is one of the world’s largest and most rapidly growing economies. Evidence of slower than projected growth in the Chinese economy is rippling through global markets and has put additional downward pressure on the price of crude.

 

"Texas drivers are now paying about $32 to fill up a 14-gallon size fuel tank," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe.  “Before heading out on a Labor Day road trip next week, we encourage drivers to make sure their vehicles are maintained according to manufacturer recommendations to maximize fuel efficiency."

 

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.com/Repair.  AAA Texas branch offices throughout the state can be found by visiting www.AAA.com. Follow AAA Texas on Twitter: @AAATexas and Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAATexas.

 

Area

Current 08/27/15

08/20/15

Difference

Year Ago 08/27/14

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.53

$2.65

-0.12

$3.43

-0.90

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$2.29

$2.36

-0.07

$3.26

-0.97

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$2.30

$2.49

-0.19

$3.24

-0.94

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$2.33

$2.38

-0.05

$3.25

-0.92

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$2.19

$2.26

-0.07

$3.20

-1.01

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$2.32

$2.36

-0.04

$3.25

-0.93

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$2.26

$2.35

-0.09

$3.24

-0.98

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$2.53

$2.58

-0.05

$3.34

-0.81

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$2.22

$2.31

-0.09

$3.24

-1.02

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$2.32

$2.38

-0.06

$3.26

-0.94

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$2.31

$2.38

-0.07

$3.26

-0.95

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$2.29

$2.35

-0.06

$3.23

-0.94

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$2.22

$2.30

-0.08

$3.28

-1.06

07/17/08

$3.98


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