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One person detained following Orange County shooting
A 36-year-old man was detained and is possibly facing charges of Aggravated Assault with an Deadly Weapon following a shooting in the 3100 block of Timberlake Street near the Bridge City area of Orange County, Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call concerning a shooting in the 3100 block of Timberlake Street at around 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival deputies found a man lying in the road with what appeared to be a gunshot wound in his thigh, Hodgkinson said.

The man was conscious and alert but bleeding from his leg and an ambulance transported him to a Beaumont hospital with what authorities believe is a non-life threatening injury.

The 36-year-old man who lives at the residence in the 3100 block of Timberlake Street was detained and is facing possible charges of Aggravated Assault with an Deadly Weapon.

Investigators are currently speaking with witnesses and meeting with the gunshot victim at the hospital.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing at this time and the cause of the events that led up to the shooting is currently unknown.

Wanted fugitive located
A 22-year-old wanted fugitive that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrant division was looking for has been located. The Sheriff's Office asked for the public's help in locating Darius Treyvon Jenkins Thursday.

Jenkins was wanted for burglary of a habitation.

Salvation Army Store works to attract more customers

BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet

Get ready for a sale that may be too good to pass up. The Salvation Army Thrift Store is closing temporarily, and will reopen with a new look and even lower prices. The goal is to attract more customers. Sales are down, which endangers funding for local Salvation Army programs.

Robert Freman comes to the Salvation Army Store during his lunch breaks.

"I come like twice a week, I just come through here and browse around and look for books, and stuff like that," said Freman. "I love to read and they got a great library back there. They got all kinds of books, and I just go through there, and they cheap."

Not enough people like Freman are visiting. Sales are down this year. The Salvation Army is closing the store Monday, July 28th through July 31st to make some changes. Including lowering prices even more, bringing in new merchandise, and renovating the store. As for what the renovations will look like...

"It's a surprise," smiled the store manager, Daylis Estevez.

Captain Alan Gonzalez says about 82 cents of every dollar you spend at the Salvation Army Store goes to funding Salvation Army programs. The rest goes into maintaining the store. When sales drop, it impacts the Salvation Army's shelter and transitional housing programs the most.

"When people go there and they are accepted to spend three nights free, and they receive a dinner, they receive new clothes, and they receive breakfast in the morning," said Gonzalez, "If we don't receive the money we cannot afford to give them a dinner, a breakfast, and all the other services that we provide for them."

"We need to wake up people and say, hey, here we are, here's the store," said Estevez. "You can come here, you can buy stuff, we offer good prices for you, at the same time you help and support the programs for the Salvation Army."

Freman says he didn't know that when he buys books and other items at the store, he's supporting local programs. Programs like the Salvation Army's soup kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, and the social services office.

"That's good, because you got a lot of people out there really that need help," said Freman. "So, if you can get good prices and you're helping another cause, that's, I mean that's a win-win also, that's good."

"Everything is about the community and help, and God put us in here for help," said Estevez.

Helping local programs one dollar at a time.

If you'd like to donate any items to the store, or have furniture you would like to donate and need picked-up, call 409-896-2361.

DEA and other agencies executing search warrant at doctor's office in Pinehurst

ORANGE COUNTY - Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are executing a search warrant at a doctor's office in Pinehurst, according to information provided to KFDM News by federal agents.

Dr. Philip Martinez Cantue, 56, wasn't at his office. He was arrested Wednesday night on an unrelated charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation. KFDM News has obtained the Probable Cause Affidavit issued by Justice of the Peace David Peck for his arrest on that charge.

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Click here to read probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM News for arrest of doctor on charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation

Click here to read previous Texas Medical Board actions involving the doctor.

Agents with the DEA, along with Pinehurst Police and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are on the scene Thursday morning at the office in the 200 block of Strickland Drive in Pinehurst.

Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson tells KFDM News the search warrant is at the office of Dr. Philip Cantu. He's listed as a pain management specialist.

Cantu is jailed in Orange County on an unrelated charge of assault family violence. He's jailed on Orange County. Cantu posted a $10,000 bond but there is a 48 hour on his release.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit obtained by KFDM News, a woman who said she is his girlfriend told investigators Dr. Cantu assaulted her and tried to strangle her.

 

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ORANGE COUNTY - Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are executing a search warrant at a doctor's office in Pinehurst, according to information provided to KFDM News by federal agents.

The doctor wasn't at his office. He was arrested Wednesday night on an unrelated charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation. KFDM News has obtained the Probable Cause Affidavit issued by Justice of the Peace David Peck for his arrest on that charge.

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Click here to read probable cause affidavit obtained by KFDM News for arrest of doctor on charge of Assault Family Violence-Strangulation

DPS investigating accident that injured female trooper; released from hospital Thursday morning

UPDATE: The identity of the trooper struck while working an accident scene in Orange County has been released.

Trooper Kimberly Ousman, 22, is currently recovering at home while the Texas Department of Public Safety investigates why a driver struck her.

Ousman responded to the scene of a one-vehicle crash at about 10:47 Wednesday on I-10 eastbound at FM 1136, according to a news release.

She was legally parked partially in the inside eastbound lane of IH-10 with her patrol unit emergency lights activated, according to the preliminary crash investigation.

Ousman was assisting the driver who had spun out of control due to recent rain and had come to rest facing west in the eastbound lanes of I-10, according to the news release.

After the first initial crash, a 2004 Mercury passenger van driven by 71-year-old Will Houston of Lake Charles failed to control speed and struck Ousmans' patrol unit from behind, the release stated.

Houston was also traveling eastbound on I-10.

Ousman was injured as a result of her patrol vehicle hitting the vehicle involved in the first crash while she was standing at the driver side window, the release stated.

She was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont with unknown injuries and was later released early Thursday morning with minor injuries.

No other injuries were reported as a result of this crash. Houston was charged with Fail to Control Speed. The Orange Fire Department, Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office assisted Highway Patrol Troopers at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol. 




SOUTHEAST TEXAS- A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is recovering at home while the agency investigates why a driver struck her while she was working an accident scene in Orange County.

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The DPS will close IH-10 East at FM 1136 from 9 a.m. - noon Thursday to reconstruct and investigate the accident.

Doctors at Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth in Beaumont treated the trooper for what are described as minor injuries and released her early Thursday morning, according to information provided to KFDM News by DPS Sgt. Chuck Havard. She's recovering at home.

The female trooper was working an accident scene and was struck by another vehicle at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday on IH-10 East at FM 1136 near mile marker 870.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that the trooper was struck by her patrol car after it was hit by another vehicle traveling east on IH-10.

The DPS  is investigating why the driver struck the trooper. The DPS says additional information will be provided once it completes the crash investigation.

DPS to close part of I-10 East Thursday for accident reconstruction

ORANGE COUNTY - The Texas Department of Public Safety is closing I-10 East at FM 1136 in Orange County from 9 a.m. - noon Thursday to investigate and reconstruct the accident that injured a trooper.

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Doctors at Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth in Beaumont treated the trooper for what are described as minor injuries and released her early Thursday morning, according to information provided to KFDM News by DPS Sgt. Chuck Havard. She's recovering at home.

The female trooper was working an accident scene and was struck by another vehicle at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday on IH-10 East at FM 1136 near mile marker 870.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that the trooper was struck by her patrol car after it was hit by another vehicle traveling east on IH-10.

The DPS  is investigating why the driver struck the trooper. The DPS says additional information will be provided once it completes the crash investigation.


 

Search warrant yields meth, firearms, arrests

ORANGE COUNTY - from Orange County S.O.

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, around 4:30 p.m., Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, along with officers from the City of Orange, West Orange, and Vidor Police Departments, executed a search warrant of a residence in the 16900 block of FM 1442 in the Mauriceville area of Orange County, Texas. During the search, Investigators located approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine. There were also a number of firearms, some of which were considered prohibited weapons by state law because of certain modifications to the weapons.

The two occupants in the home at the time of the search warrant were the homeowner, a 36 year old white male identified as Michael Kamm Morgan of Mauriceville, and a 23 year old white female identified as Ashley Nicole Posey, also of Mauriceville.

Both Morgan and Posey were arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a 2nd Degree Felony, and for Prohibited Weapons, a 3rd Degree Felony. Justice of the Peace Precinct #1 Judge David Peck arraigned Morgan and Posey around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Each has a bond of $25,000 for the charges and both currently remain in the Orange County Jail.

Sheriff Keith Merritt was also on scene during the search warrant. Sheriff Merritt said that the Sheriff's Office is committed to using all resources to get illegal drugs out of our communities in Orange County.

Air Algerie plane disappears over Africa

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Air Algerie Flight 5017 had "probably crashed." Fabius said "no trace" of the plane had been found. Two French fighter jets are among aircraft scouring the rugged north of Mali for the plane, which was traveling from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, to Algiers, the Algerian capital.

More than 50 French were onboard the plane along with 27 Burkina Faso nationals and passengers from a dozen other countries. The flight crew was Spanish.

The flight was being operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, the company said in a statement, and the plane belonged to Swiftair.

The plane sent its last message around 0130 GMT (9:30 p.m. EDT), asking Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rains in the area, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said.

The disappearance of the Air Algerie plane comes after a spate of aviation disasters. Fliers around the globe have been on edge ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March on its way to Beijing. Searchers have yet to find a single piece of wreckage from the jet with 239 people on board.

Last week, a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine. Nothing indicates the jet was the target, but two back-to-back disasters involving Boeing 777s flown by the same airline was too much of a coincidence for many fliers.

Then this week, U.S. and European airlines started canceling flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket landed near the city's airport. Finally, on Wednesday, a Taiwanese plane crashed during a storm, killing 48 people.

It's easy to see why fliers are jittery, but air travel is relatively safe.

There have been two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights in the last decade, excluding acts of terrorism. Travelers are much more likely to die driving to the airport than stepping on a plane. There are more than 30,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the U.S. each year, a mortality rate eight times greater than that in planes.

French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said the Air Algerie flight vanished over northern Mali. He spoke Thursday from a crisis center set up in the French Foreign Ministry. Cuvillier didn't specify exactly where the plane disappeared over Mali, or whether it was in an area controlled by rebels.

But Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Algerian state television said that 10 minutes before disappearing, it was in contact with air traffic controllers in Gao, a city essentially under the control of the Malian government, though it has seen lingering separatist violence.

The plane had been missing for hours before the news was made public. It wasn't immediately clear why airline or government officials didn't make it public earlier.

The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou to Algiers wasn't immediately clear. Ouagadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention last year scattered the extremists, but the Tuaregs have pushed back against the authority of the Bamako-based government.

A senior French official said it seems unlikely that fighters in Mali had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane.

The official, not authorized to speak publicly, said on condition of anonymity that they primarily have shoulder-fired weapons - not enough to hit a passenger plane flying at cruising altitude.

Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew, and left Burkina Faso for Algiers at 0117 GMT Thursday (9:17 p.m. EDT Wednesday), but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 0510 GMT (1:10 a.m. EDT Thursday).

Swiftair said it has not been possible to make contact with the plane and was trying to ascertain what had happened. It said the crew included two pilots and four cabin staff.

Later, Swiftair said the plane was built in 1996 and has two Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 PW engines. It can carry 165 passengers.

Algerian aircraft were overflying the region around Gao to try to locate wreckage, said Houaoui Zoheir, spokesman for the Algerian crisis center. He provided no details on the type or number of aircraft.

"As long as we haven't found the wreckage, we can't talk of a crash," he said. "We talk of loss of contact."

The passengers include 51 French, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgium, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian, Ouedraogo said. The six crew members are Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots' union.

The MD-83 is part of a series of jets built since the early 1980s by McDonnell Douglas, a U.S. plane maker now owned by Boeing Co. The MD-80s were the workhorse of domestic air travel in the U.S. and are used for flights of a few hours over land elsewhere.

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Brahima Ouedraogo reported from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. AP Airlines Writer Scott Mayerowitz in New York, and AP journalists Ciaran Giles in Madrid, Spain, and Elaine Ganley and Sylvie Corbet in Paris, contributed to this report.

 

ALGIERS, Algeria (CBS) - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (9:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

Burkina Faso's transport minister said 50 French nationals were among those onboard, along with 24 Burkina Faso nationals, six Lebanese, five Canadians, four Algerians, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian.

Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo also said the plane sent its last message around 0130 GMT (9:30 p.m. EDT), asking Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rains in the area.

French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said the plane vanished over northern Mali. He spoke Thursday from a crisis center set up in the French Foreign Ministry.

The plane had been missing for hours before the news was made public. It wasn't immediately clear why airline or government officials didn't make it public earlier.

Swiftair, a Spanish company that leases aircraft to other carriers, said in a statement that it owns the missing aircraft being operated by Air Algerie. The company has confirmed to CBS News that it is a McDonnell Douglas MD-83. The Spanish pilots' union said the plane belonged to Swiftair and it was operated by a Spanish crew.

Reuters reports that, according to a diplomat in the Malian capital of Bamako, a powerful sandstorm stuck's the nation's northern overnight.

An Algerian official says the plane was over Mali when it disappeared, according to the Reuters news agency.

Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012. A French-led intervention last year scattered the extremists, but the Tuaregs have pushed back against the authority of the Bamako-based government.

CBS News' Debora Patta reports diplomats have told her insurgents in northern Mali are not believed to have weapons capable of shooting down a commercial airliner flying at cruising altitude.

But she notes that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a warning for U.S. carriers not to fly over Mali.

A senior French official, not authorized to speak publicly, said on condition of anonymity that fighters in Mali primarily have shoulder-fired weapons -- not enough to hit a passenger plane flying at cruising altitude.

Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane carrying 110 passengers and six crew left Burkina Faso for Algiers at 0117 GMT Thursday (9:17 p.m. EDT Wednesday), but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 0510 GMT (1:10 a.m. EDT Thursday).

Swiftair said it has not been possible to make contact with the plane and was trying to ascertain what had happened. It said the crew included two pilots and four cabin staff.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," APS quoted the airline as saying.

The MD-83 is part of a series of long-range jets built since the early 1980s by McDonnell Douglas, a U.S. plane maker now owned by Boeing Co.

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