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A Port Arthur bus catches fire, but the driver escapes.

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Greg Bostwick has his updated forecast for the holidays, and tonight a line of storms bearing down on Southeast Texas.

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Popularity of golf carts in Port Neches raises concerns about driver safety


PORT NECHES- by Sarai Demien

Golf carts can be an easy way to get to the pool or to the park in your neighborhood and for many in Port Neches it has become the prefered method of transportation during the summer months.

Now that Gordon Clark is retired he spends more time on a golf cart not for the course but to get around town with his wife Amy.

"We just wanted to have a little bit slower life than using a car everywhere," says Clark.

Everywhere Clark goes with his golf cart the issue of safety is always at the top of his mind.

"I don't go down main roads I go down side roads I watch my rear view mirror all the time. If I see a car behind me I pull to the side and waive them around," says Clark.

In December of 2013 Clark was driving when he spotted a golf cart accident.

"There was a crowd and we came around there and saw the man laying on the ground," says Clark.

Police say Robbie Wayne Chapman was on his golf cart while crossing Highway 366 in Port Neches. He was struck an killed by an oncoming vehicle. Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine reminds people driving a golf cart is no different than driving a car.  You have to obey the rules of the road.

"They're a motor vehicle you gotta have liability insurance on them you gotta have a driver's license.
And you have to operate them under the rules of the road that you and I have to operate our vehicles on," says Lemoine.

Vehicles that can only be driven on streets with speed limits of 35 miles an hour or less.  Lemoine says underage drivers are one of his main concerns.

"The kids driving them somebody that's not of age or have a driver's license parents maybe working or whatever the kids are out of school see the golf cart think it would be fun to drive it down the road but that's so dangerous because they have not been through any driver education program," says Lemoine.

Clark hopes parents watch their kids.

"I see them but there's nothing you can do about that. It's up to the parents to control that," says Clark.

So people driving cars and golf carts can safely co-exist on the roads.

Fire damages bus used to transport PA plant workers; driver escapes

PORT ARTHUR - A driver has escaped from a bus that caught fire in Port Arthur. The bus is used to transport plant workers.

Investigators say the bus caught fire at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 3500 block of Highway 73 West. The driver noticed smoke coming from the bus and pulled over. Flames had engulfed the bus when firefighters arrived.

The driver was the only person on the bus. She was able to safely escape.

Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of the fire.

6 shooter L.D. Ray captured video and this picture for us.

 

Lightning sparks fire that destroys Jasper-area home

By Mike Lout

JASPER (From KJAS.com and Rayburn Broadcasting Co.) -- Lightning produced by a severe thunderstorm that passed through the Jasper Area shortly before 3:00 on Wednesday afternoon is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a home about six miles south of Jasper on Highway 96.


Melody Luttrel said she and her husband Gary, were at home when they heard a lightning bolt strike the roof above their dining room, setting the brick and wood frame structure on fire.


The retired couple and their pets were able to escape from the home without any injury as flames quickly moved throughout attic of the residence.


Firemen from the Jasper, Tri-Community and Roganville Fire Departments arrived at the scene within a short time and worked for well over an hour before finally bringing the blaze under control.


Wearing proper gear is being credited with keeping longtime Jasper Firefighter Jimmy Primrose from being injured or possibly killed.


Primrose said that as he was battling the blaze when a wooden beam fell, hitting him in the head. However, the fire helmet and bunker gear Primrose was wearing protected him from serious injury.


Some flooding occurred in the area as the storms moved north from the Gulf Coast through Jasper and Newton Counties.

Orange County man guilty of possessing child pornography

BEAUMONT -- A 28-year-old Orange, Texas man pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said today.

 

Jonathan Michael Swearingen pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn.

 

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 4, 2013, federal agents executed a search warrant at Swearingen’s residence in Orange, Texas, after authorities identified a computer Internet Protocol (IP) address belonging to Swearingen, possessing and offering images of child pornography via file sharing programs.

 

A personal computer and digital storage devices were seized during the search.  A review of the items revealed approximately 308 images and 25 videos of child pornography.

 

Swearingen was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 1, 2014 and charged with child exploitation violations. 

 

Swearingen faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

 

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Beaumont Police Department, the West Orange Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff&';s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

State Fire Marshal : Fireworks can have lethal results.

SOUTHEAST TEXAS/ SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA  – Barbeques, family gatherings, and fireworks are entrenched staples of American celebratory festivities: especially when it comes to observing our nation’s birth on Independence Day.

 

However, while the first two are usually laden with great food and wonderful people, the improper and/or illegal use of fireworks can easily spoil it all…in devastating fashion.

 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says in 2011 over 17,000 reported fires, which included nearly 2,000 vehicles and structures, were directly related to fireworks. In addition, the resulting fires caused injuries to dozens of people and inflicted millions of dollars in property damage. In 2013, over 11,000 people were treated and/or hospitalized for fireworks-related injuries to the hands, feet and head.

 

Sadly, the majority of those most at risk for injury due to firework are children under the age of five. Likewise, children ages 10 – 14 are the second group most susceptible to injuries.

 

For those planning to attend fireworks presented in a large public venue, the State Fire Marshal’s Office advises to make sure that they are authorized public displays, which require the services of licensed pyrotechnic operators.

 

And, while there is no such thing as a "safe firework," the National Council on Fireworks Safety suggests the following steps to help ensure an injury-free Fourth of July:

 

Obey all local laws regarding the use ofKnow your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions beforeA responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework NEVER give fireworks to children.Alcohol and fireworks do not Save your alcohol for after the show.Wear safety glasses when shootingLight one firework at a time and then quickly moveUse fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings andNever relight a “dud” Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.Always have a bucket of water and charged water hoseNever carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASSDo not experiment with homemadeDispose of  spent  fireworks  by  wetting  them  down  and  place  in  a  metal  trash  can  away  from  any  building  or combustible materials until the nextFAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-onReport illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police

 

For more information on fireworks safety, please visit the  National Fire Protection  Association  (http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/fireworks), and the National Council on

Breaking: OPD arrests loan business robbery suspect

ORANGE - Police in Orange have arrested a suspect accused of using a rifle to rob a loan business.

Freddie Crochett, 23, is charged with Aggravated Robbery. He's in the Orange County Jail.

Police arrested him Wednesday afternoon for the robbery of Sun Loan, 1104 16th Street.

A man robbed the business at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and ran out with cash. No one was hurt.

 

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