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KFDM's Halley Bull reports live with updated information about suspected illegal gambling operation in Jefferson County.

People in one community are remembering a man for his volunteer work that saved lives.

People in Port Arthur want to know what a man wanted for armed robbery got away despite a massive search.

An assault on the beach on the Bolivar Peninsula. We have new details on the man  who committed this beach rage.

A local federal federal prosecutor weighs in on the federal terror alert.  Do we have reason to be concerned in our area?

Temperatures may plunge into the 30's in parts of area.  Do you have your sweaters ready?

Tune in at 6pm for these stories, weather and lots more with New Anchors Kelli Phillips and Greg Kerr.

Man gets 15 years for running down camper on Bolivar beach

Bolivar, Texas – Kevin Joyner Jr., 22, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for an Aggravated Assault that occurred on the Bolivar Peninsula beach in 2012. 

According to a Galveston County news release Gary and Mary Sears were visiting the Bolivar Peninsula to spend the weekend camping on March 31, 2012. 

As they found a place to camp and let their dogs out on the beach, Joyner drove by their vehicle at a high rate of speed prompting Mr. Sears to yell at him to slow down. 

After he passed, Mr. Joyner made an abrupt U Turn and headed straight for Mr. Sears, his dog and his vehicle. Joyner struck Mr. Sears and one of the couple’s dogs and the vehicle Mrs. Sears was still seated in. 

Joyner continued to drive with Mr. Sears on the hood of his vehicle. Eventually, Mr. Sears was thrown off the hood of the car sustaining massive injuries.

Mr. Sears sustained severe injuries to both of his legs and was unable to walk on his own for up to a year after the assault. EMS personal and Galveston County Sherriff’s Office Deputies testified the injuries sustained by Mr. Sears were some of the worst they had ever seen on a living person. 

Joyner pled guilty on Monday to Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and elected to have a jury assess his punishment. The range of punishment was anywhere from probation for 2 years to 10 years or 2 years to 20 years in prison.

Defense attorney, James Ducote, asked that Joyner be given probation considering his age and that they believed the act was only reckless and not intentional. The State, through prosecutors Jennifer Ott and Joseph Frank, argued that the ruthlessness and severity of this crime warranted nothing less than a 15 year prison sentence. 

After two hours of deliberation, the jury assessed his punishment at 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Joyner will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.

Marijuana, guns, cash seized in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY - From Orange County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: As of 11:20 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Marcus Robinson and he is again in custody at the Orange County Jail.  This arrest was for a Parole Warrant that was issued shortly after he was able to post a $200,000 bond at 9:30 a.m.  He currently has no bond.

EARLIER INFORMATION: On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, around 2:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Orange Police Department, conducted a search warrant at a residence in the 3100 block of Oakmont, in Orange, Texas.

The Detectives located 19 pounds of marijuana, two handguns, a digital scale, and nearly $7,000 in cash.  The resident, identified as 44 year old black male Marcus Lynn Robinson, was placed under arrest for Felony Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon.  Robinson was previously incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for Possession of a Controlled Substance and is currently on parole until 2055.

Robinson was booked in the Orange County Jail for the two new charges, both of which are 3rd Degree Felonies.  He was arraigned the morning of October 30, 2014 by Justice of the Peace Judge David Peck and his total bond was set at $200,000.  Robinson was able to post bond several hours later and is currently out of jail.   

JCSO monitoring sex offenders on Halloween

JASPER COUNTY - by Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

As Halloween approaches on Friday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday that they are keeping close tabs on registered sex offenders this week, several of which will be closely monitored on Halloween; while certain others will be required to attend a meeting in Beaumont.

Communications Director Laura Moore, who also serves as the sex offender registrar for the county, says that the county currently has 117 registered sex offenders, of which 21 are considered high risk and they are completely restricted from contact with any children.

Moore said those particular individuals are not allowed to have any type of Halloween decorations displayed at their homes, or anything that would entice a child to come to their home on Halloween.

According to Moore, deputies will be continually monitoring those homes during Halloween.

There is another group, according to Moore, who are currently out of prison on parole for sexual crimes, and those individuals are required by the State of Texas to attend a mandatory meeting in Beaumont for several hours on Halloween night.

Moore said monitoring sex offenders is getting tougher because the courts have been releasing them from state and federal prisons at an alarming rate this year, before their sentence has even been carried out. Moore pointed out that just one month ago, Jasper County had 100 registered sex offenders, and that number has jumped to 117 now.

According to Moore, law enforcement needs the help of the community to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Moore said “It’s up to us, along with mothers, fathers, and community leaders to keep an eye out for our children”. Moore emphasized “If you see something suspicious involving an adult and a child, you need to call us, that’s what we’re here for, just call us”.

The Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender website lists two female registered sex offenders in Jasper County, and the rest are male.

The Texas DPS sex offender website can be found at

The Family Watchdog sex offender website can be found at

PAPD Chief believes Verizon robbery suspect has left area; organized search ends

PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur Police believe a Verizon wireless robbery suspect who was the focus of a massive search has now left the area, according to Chief Mark Blanton, who says the area is just too large to cover every potential escape spot, especially at night.

Anthony Nichols was the focus of the search. He's accused of taking part in the robbery of a Verizon Wireless store off I-10 in Beaumont earlier this month.

Chief Blanton says the search area near the Walmart in Port Arthur is about 700 acres. Police believe Nichols may have had outside help in leaving the area.

Driver dies after car crashes into church and burns

UPDATE --  The driver who was killed in the accident was identified as Mark Anthony Brown,  25-year-old Beaumont man, the Beaumont Police Department reports

BEAUMONT - A driver died after he ran into a church and his car began burning, according to information Beaumont Police Dispatch provided to KFDM News.

Police tell KFDM the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when he ran a stop sign and crashed into Calder Baptist Church near 11th and Long at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle began burning.

The driver died at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

Texas paying 20 cents less than national average for gas

(Irving, TX) –  This week's Texas average unleaded gas price at $2.81 is 20 cents less that the national average,  the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch reports.

The Beaumont region ceded the Texas lowest cost title to the Dallas Fort Worth area this week.  Drivers in Fort Worth are paying an average of $2.70 this week while Beaumont area drivers $2.81 -- which is also the statewide average price, the report says.

That statewide average price is eight cents less than one week ago and 23 cents less than one year ago.  

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Corpus Christi are paying the most at $2.86 per gallon. 

Continuing unrest in Iraq and geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe have taken a backseat to an emerging belief by many market watchers that global supply – including significantly higher oil production in the United States – is outpacing global demand growth, the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch release says.

"Texans are seeing a considerable savings at the pumps and those savings come at an ideal time as people start to make travel plans for the upcoming holiday season," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. "We remind folks that AAA Texas travel agents at all branches across the state offer free travel advice to the public to help them plan and save more money on fall and winter trips."

Warrants target what investigators call illegal gambling sites

BEAUMONT/PORT ARTHUR - From Beaumont Police Department

A four-month investigation has been targeting illegal gambling operations in the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur.  The joint investigation involved the Beaumont Police Department Narcotics Unit, Port Arthur Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Watch Six News Tonight at 10 and Haley Bull's report  on the raids.

With the assistance of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the investigators have been able to obtain several search warrants for locations in Beaumont and Port Arthur.  Officers served those warrants this evening at the following locations:

2685 South Major            Beaumont           Private residence

2695 South Major            Beaumont           Private residence

4380 South Fourth           Beaumont           Shanghai Amusement Game Room

3229 Washington             Beaumont           Happy Mood Amusement Game Room

3890 Highland Ave           Beaumont           Seashell Gift Shop

2949 College #215            Beaumont           Lala Gift Shop

4948 Griffing Dr.               Port Arthur         Life of Luxury Gift Shop

Agencies who assisted in the execution of the search warrants include the Beaumont Police Department SWAT Team, Special Assignment Unit, and K9’s, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.  

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