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Jasper County S.O. taking applications for toy drive

JASPER COUNTY - From Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman

    It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for us to get ready for our Christmas Toy Drive. Last year with everyone’s help, we were able to help over 500 children with gifts that wouldn’t have found anything under their tree without your support.

We are going to have a Fish Fry at the DuPont Goodrich Credit Union on December 5th.  We will be taking applications through December 14th.  Remember, this is for any needed child in Jasper County, from Evadale to Brookeland.  If you are aware of any children that need help please call us at the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

We always shop local as we believe in spending our money in Jasper County.  Our Black Friday Shopping is for our kids…  A big thank you goes out to everyone’s help and especially to Connie at the Family Dollar Store in Kirbyville.

THANKSGIVING is here and we all have a lot of BLESSINGS to be THANKFUL for.  We need to be thankful for our health, our freedoms that we enjoy, our ability to worship anyway we wish, and last but not least, our friends and family because we are the luckiest folks in the world to live where we do.

We had to go to CR 296 where we have been on several occasions to deal with a mental health patient.  It’s been getting worse each time with the same results.  We send him to Lufkin and they may keep him three days and they send him back home.  This is a broken system that needs fixing as law enforcement and families are working together to get these folks help./ We had a yeti cooler stolen off of a truck on Cougar Drive.  The owner had it bolted on the back of his truck and they still managed to take the time to unbolt it and steal it.

We have 90 in jail and we will feed them a good dinner. Enjoy the weather and call us if you need us.

Attorney: Ferguson Grand Jury has reached decision

By DAVID A. LIEB and ANDALE GROSS  -- Associated Press


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A grand jury has reached a decision about whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a spokesman for St. Louis County's top prosecutor said Monday.


The panel has been considering charges against Darren Wilson, the white suburban St. Louis officer who fatally shot the black 18-year-old after a confrontation in August.


In a brief email to reporters, spokesman Ed Magee said the decision would be announced later Monday. He offered no immediate details.


The prosecutor's office has told Brown's relatives that the decision will be made public after 5 p.m., family attorney Benjamin Crump told The Associated Press.


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was traveling to St. Louis from the Capitol on Monday afternoon, spokesman Scott Holste told the AP, but did not say why.


Speculation about the timing of an announcement swirled and largely peaceful protests took place during the weekend after the grand jury met Friday but apparently did not reach a decision.


Reggie Cunningham was among Sunday night's protesters. He said he doubted Wilson would be indicted and felt like authorities were delaying an announcement "to spin this in the most positive way possible."


"The more that they drag this out, the angrier people are going to be," said Cunningham, 30, of St. Louis. The shooting triggered riots and looting during the summer, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.


Many had thought a grand jury decision would be announced Sunday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office had said he expected a decision by mid-to-late November, but it was not ultimately not in his control. The 12-person grand jury deliberates in secret and sets its own schedule depending upon when the members are available.


Crump said Sunday the family was frustrated that the prosecutor did not charge Wilson himself or suggest a charge to grand jurors.


As it is, "you don't have any direction, you're just putting all the evidence out there and you're going to let them figure it out and they can make up their own minds," Crump said. "You know, it just boggles the mind why he thinks this is fair."


It's not uncommon for deliberations to take a while in complex cases when self-defense is alleged or when there are two widely conflicting versions, according to Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, who is not involved in the Ferguson case.


During Sunday's church services, some pastors encouraged their flocks not to fret. The Rev. Freddy Clark of Shalom Church in Florissant told the mostly black interdenominational congregation that "justice will be served" no matter the decision goes, because God will take care of it.


Meanwhile, daily protests continued.


"People feel like it's been engineered, so that the results wouldn't come out until after the election and until the weather got cold, and it would be more difficult to protest," said Susan McGraugh, supervisor of the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Saint Louis University School of Law. "It's really adding fuel to the fire."

___

Lieb reported from Jefferson City. Associated Press reporter Alex Sanz in St. Louis contributed to this report. Follow David A. Lieb at: https://twitter.com/DavidALieb .


Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Port Arthur man sentenced for tax evasion

BEAUMONT, Texas - From U.S. Attorney's Office

A 44-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.    

Theodore Paul Victor, Jr., pleaded guilty on June 10, 2014, to tax evasion and was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  Victor was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $432,438.78.

According to information presented in court, for the calendar year 2009, Victor failed to disclose all of his taxable income resulting in a tax loss.  At sentencing, Victor was ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $70,467.17 and restitution to his former employer, the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, in the amount of $361,971.61.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 2, 2014.    

Victor once served on the Port Arthur school board.

This was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.

Sheriff: Man accidentally shot, killed cousin while hunting in Tyler County

TYLER COUNTY -  A man who was accidentally shot during a hunting accident in Tyler County has died, according to information provided to KFDM News by Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

The sheriff says someone called 911 at about 6 p.m. Saturday to report a  man was accidentally shot while hunting on a family lease off County Road 4070 in Tyler County.

Sheriff's deputies and EMS responded and the sheriff says when they arrived they were met by someone driving a pickup. The sheriff says there was a man lying in the bed of the pickup. He had a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The 18-year-old was taken to Tyler County Hospital and died after he was transferred to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

Sheriff Weatherford says the man's 18-year-old cousin admitted accidentally shooting him with a .300 Weatherby Magnum rifle.

The sheriff says the man and his cousin were in separate deer blinds and the man said when it started becoming dark he was gathering up his gear, began looking down a shooting lane and at about 30 yards he saw something white resembling the hindquarter of a white-tailed deer. He raised his rifle and fire a shot. He realized he'd made a mistake, according to the sheriff, and that he'd shot his cousin.

Both men are from Ville Platte, Louisiana.

The sheriff says an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday and once all of the information is obtained it'll be turned over to the Tyler County District Attorney's Office.

 

Washington Post reports Ferguson grand jury reaches decision

FERGUSON, MISSOURI - The Washington Post is reporting a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has reached a decision in the officer-involved shooting case.

The grand jury was investigating whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Stay with KFDM and CBS News for details and reaction.

An announcement is expected later today.

East Texas mail carrier shot while walking route

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) -- Police are trying to determine who shot an East Texas postal worker in the leg as she delivered mail in a neighborhood.

Lufkin police say the 25-year-old worker was treated for an injury not believed to be life-threatening. Police believe the woman was shot with some sort of air gun or rifle.

Nobody was immediately arrested.

A spokeswoman with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said Monday that the agency is cooperating with police in the investigation. Leslie McClain had no immediate information on possible charges.

The shooting happened Saturday as the postal worker was walking her regular route in Lufkin, about 100 miles northeast of Houston. She managed to call a supervisor for help.

The victim's name wasn't released.


Ferguson waits on grand jury decision in officer-involved shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge. 

More than 3½ months have passed since police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown after a confrontation in the middle of a street in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting triggered riots and looting, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.

Many in the area thought a grand jury decision on whether to charge Wilson with a crime would be announced Sunday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days, including the setting up of barricades around the building where the panel was meeting.

The grand jurors met Friday but apparently didn't reach a decision, and they were widely expected to reconvene on Monday, though there was no official confirmation of that.

Protesting on Sunday night, Reggie Cunningham said he doubted Wilson will be indicted and it seemed authorities were delaying an announcement "to spin this in the most positive way possible."

"The more that they drag this out, the angrier people are going to be," said Cunningham, 30, of St. Louis.

During church services, some pastors encouraged their flocks not to fret./ A choir sang, "We need you Lord right now" at the predominantly black Greater Grace Church in Ferguson. The pastor, Bishop L.O. Jones, referred to the pending grand jury decision briefly.

"Everybody stand to your feet and tell somebody, 'Don't be afraid. God is still in control,'" Jones said as church members repeated after him.

The Rev. Freddy Clark of Shalom Church in nearby Florissant told the mostly black interdenominational congregation that "justice will be served" whichever way the decision goes, because God will take care of it.

"None of us are pleased about what happened," said parishioner James Tatum. "Whatever the verdict is, we have to understand that's the verdict."

As they wait, some people have continued daily protests, while speculation has grown that the delays are intentional.

"People feel like it's been engineered, so that the results wouldn't come out until after the election and until the weather got cold, and it would be more difficult to protest," said Susan McGraugh, supervisor of the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Saint Louis University School of Law. "It's really adding fuel to the fire."

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch had said he expected a grand jury decision by mid-to-late November. But that's not ultimately in his control.

The 12-person grand jury deliberates in secret, without McCulloch, and sets its own schedule depending upon when the members are available.

It's not uncommon for deliberations to take a while in complex cases when, such as in the Brown shooting, self-defense is alleged or there are two widely conflicting versions of events, said Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, who is not involved in the Ferguson case.

Downtown STL Inc., a St. Louis civic group that promotes downtown businesses, told members in an email Saturday that the grand jury will reconvene Monday to continue deliberating. The email did not explain how the group knew that, and McCulloch's office has not commented on the grand jury's schedule.

If jurors meet Monday, there is no guarantee they will reach a decision that day, or even this week.

"In the course of their deliberations, if one grand juror convinces the others that 'Look, we need to hear from an additional witness,' and they all agree, the prosecutor's got a duty to bring that witness in," Richardson said. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown's family, said they are frustrated the prosecutor didn't charge Wilson himself, or at least suggest a charge to grand jurors.

As it is, "you don't have any direction, you're just putting all the evidence out there and you're going to let them figure it out and they can make up their own minds," Crump said. "You know, it just boggles the mind why he thinks this is fair."

When the panel reaches a decision, it will be up to McCulloch to publicize it.

Sunday would have been an opportune time to minimize disruptions from protests, since schools and governments are planning on only a partial work week because of Thanksgiving, said Peter Joy, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He said Monday or Tuesday would still make sense.

But "my belief is that with the holiday, releasing it on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday would produce a negative reaction," Joy said. ___ Lieb reported from Jefferson City. Associated Press reporter Alex Sanz contributed to this report from St. Louis. Follow David A. Lieb at: https://twitter.com/DavidALieb

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