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TUNE IN AT 6PM: Hear what a woman says happened to her when a Beaumont police officer used a taser on her. And, a Texas lawmaker is drawing national criticism. See what she posted on her Facebook page, and learn what she says she would asked every Muslim who comes into her office to do. And, new information on a crash that killed Nederland student Kristin Paris. Those stories and more. Tune in at 6 p.m!

Burglary suspects taken into custody
BEAUMONT- At 1:08 p.m. Beaumont PD were dispatched to the 9300 block of Clover Circle.

 Neighbors called into say men and women were taking electronics from the home at 9320 Clover Circle.

The burglars loaded the stolen items into a Brown Kia but before police arrived on scene the car left.

 A police unit saw the car leaving and attempted to stop the car.

Officers pursued the car throughout the North End until the car stopped at the intersection of Buffalo and Arthur.

Two men jumped out of the car and took off on foot.

 The K-9 unit was dispatched and tracked the two males to a wooded area behind a home on Willowood Drive.

 The suspects are in custody and speaking with police.

 They will be charged with burglary and may be charged with evading arrest.

 Police are trying to figure out if the women on scene were a part of the crime.

DA release new information about crash that killed teen
The Jefferson County release new information about the man who drove the wrong way on I-10 and killed a 18-year-old Nederland teen. See document here.

Del Papa hosts Budweiser Clydesdales for Port Arthur Mardi Gras

BEAUMONT – Del Papa Distributing Company will sponsor the world-famous, eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdale hitch at a number of appearances in Port Arthur, Texas between February 10-15. 

The Clydesdales, which have served as a symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to lead a number of parades during the upcoming Southeast Texas Mardi Gras and will make their temporary home at the Southeast Texas Mardi Gras Float Den on Proctor Street.

 

The Clydesdales’ scheduled appearances in Port Arthur, Texas are as follows:

 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10 – On view for media at the Float Den all day.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11 – Special beer delivery to one lucky local winner’s home, time and location to be announced. Media invited.  
  • Thursday, Feb. 12 – Leading the Lamar State College Port Arthur Parade down Lakeshore Drive  from 6  – 7 p.m. 
  • Friday, Feb. 13 – Leading the Krewe of Krewes Parade down Proctor Street from 7 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 – Leading the Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade down Proctor Street from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb, 15 - Leading the Truck Parade down Proctor Street from 4 – 6 p.m.

 

"The Budweiser Clydesdales are an American institution and embody the spirit and tradition of Mardi Gras," said Larry Del Papa, president of Del Papa Distributing Company. "We are proud to bring these two-ton beauties to Southeast Texas Mardi Gras for six days of parading and reveling."

 

The public and local media are invited to view and photograph the signature Budweiser Clydesdales during all of the above events. Clydesdale trainers and representatives will be available for photos and interviews at the media day Tuesday, February 10, at the Float Den. The Enhanced Stable Experience at the Float Den will highlight the pride and heritage of the iconic Clydesdales through video and digital content and includes a behind-the-scenes look at caring for these majestic horses.

 

Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser Clydesdales make hundreds of appearances each year. The Clydesdales are an American icon and one of the world’s most recognized corporate symbols. For 80 years, the Clydesdales have embodied the Budweiser brand heritage, serving faithfully as ambassadors of the Great American Lager, and icons of American Industry.

                       

To qualify for a hitch, a Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, a blaze of white on the face, four white legs, and a black mane and tail.

Lumberton school bus driver blames fog for accident

LUMBERTON - A Lumberton school bus driver is blaming morning fog for causing an accident.

Troopers say at about 7:20 a.m. Thursday there was a one vehicle crash at the intersection of Deer Park Road and Railroad Street just west of Lumberton.  The crash involved a Lumberton I.S.D. school bus.  

According to the school bus driver, he was stopped on Deer Park Road and began to back up onto Railroad Street.  Due to the fog, he missed the roadway and backed into a ditch, striking a utility pole. 

At the time of the crash, there were three students on the bus.  There were no injuries to any of the students nor the bus driver.  The school bus sustained only minor damage.   There are no further details on this crash.

Police arrest two, seeking two more on Willowood

HAPPENING NOW --  Beaumont Police are working an incident in the 3200 block of Willowood. They have two suspects in custody and are searching for two more. No further details have been released on the incident.

Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

 Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress presses the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River earlier this month.

  

The Montana pipeline breach temporarily fouled a city's water supply and emerged as the latest in a string of spills to highlight ongoing problems with maintenance of the nation's 61,000 miles of crude oil pipelines.

 

An Associated Press review of government records shows accident numbers growing steadily since 2009, reversing a decade-long decline.

 

After the U.S. Senate voted 62-36 Thursday to approve Keystone, Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state cited the increase in spills in calling for President Barack Obama veto the measure.

 

Yet in the politically charged debate over Keystone, its detractors aren't the only ones seizing on the Yellowstone spill. So are lawmakers who support the project.

 

North Dakota Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said building it was preferable to using older pipelines such as the one in the Yellowstone spill, which was installed in 1967.

 

"To the extent that we have problems with spills, it's with aging infrastructure," Heitkamp said. "Keystone is going to be state-of-the-art."

 

U.S. Department of Transportation records show at least 73 pipeline-related accidents in 2014 — an 87 percent increase over 2009. Because of a lag in reporting by companies, the 2014 figure still could rise.

 

The tally includes accidents in which someone was killed or hospitalized, five or more barrels of oil were released, a fire or explosion occurred, or costs from the accident topped $50,000.

 

The increase came as surging domestic oil production boosted crude shipments by pipeline by about 20 percent, to 8.3 billion barrels annually, between 2009 and 2013, the most recent year available.

 

Meanwhile, pipes that were put in the ground decades ago are wearing out, said Rebecca Craven, program director for the advocacy group Pipeline Safety Trust.

 

Almost half the pipeline-related accidents since 2009 involved lines or equipment installed more than 40 years ago, according to records on more than 250 accidents that were reviewed by The AP and included age information.

 

Pipeline industry representatives say the increase in accidents is less straightforward than the federal data suggest.

 

An industry examination of crude oil and other hazardous-liquid accidents in 2013 showed that in two-thirds of cases, the spill did not leave the responsible company's property, said John Stoody, vice president of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines. Most of the accidents involved fewer than five barrels, or 210 gallons.

 

The recent Montana spill was the second in less than four years on the Yellowstone, a largely untamed river that flows from Yellowstone National Park and across the breadth of Montana before feeding into the Missouri River in North Dakota.

 

The accident happened after a 120-foot section of Bridger Pipeline LLC's Poplar Pipeline became exposed beneath the river, increasing its vulnerability to underwater debris.

 

The 12-inch steel line had been at least 8 feet beneath the river as recently as 2011, when a survey was performed in response to an earlier Exxon Mobil pipeline break beneath the Yellowstone.

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Gas price continue to fall in SE Texas

(Irving, TX)  --  According to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel in the Lone Star State is now $1.85. That's one penny more than last week but still considerably less than one year ago by $1.24 per gallon.

The Beaumont region gas prices dropped another 2 cents  

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Dallas are paying the most on average at $1.88 per gallon while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $1.80 per gallon. The national average remained the same over the past week at $2.04 which is 19 cents more per gallon than in Texas. 

 

Virtually all drivers in the U.S. are continuing to experience savings at the pump compared to one month ago, but the trend of falling weekly averages is beginning to ease in some states.

 

This slowing decline has been largely reflective of a number of Midwestern states where prices have moved higher over the past week due to a series of refinery issues in the region.

 

The falling prices at the pump since June have been the product of global oil prices tumbling to multi-year lows. While gas prices are likely to increase this spring due to seasonal demand and refinery maintenance, barring any major increase in the global price of crude, AAA expects the national and statewide averages to remain below $3 per gallon during 2015.

 

"€œWe don't know if gas prices in Texas have reached their lowest point yet, but we will continue to watch them each week"€ said AAA Texas/New Mexico Representative Doug Shupe. "€œDespite the slight uptick in the statewide average in the last week, Texas remains one of the top ten states with the least expensive gas price averages in the country."


Area

Current 01/29/15

01/22/15

Difference

Year Ago 01/29/14

Difference

Record High Date

Record High Price

National

$2.04

$2.04

0.00

$3.28

-1.24

07/17/08

$4.11

State

$1.85

$1.84

0.01

$3.09

-1.24

07/17/08

$3.98

Amarillo

$1.81

$1.74

0.07

$2.97

-1.16

07/16/08

$3.98

Austin-San Marcos

$1.82

$1.81

0.01

$3.09

-1.27

07/17/08

$3.97

Beaumont

$1.84

$1.86

-0.02

$3.06

-1.22

07/16/08

$4.00

Corpus Christi

$1.85

$1.87

-0.02

$3.02

-1.17

07/15/08

$3.96

Dallas

$1.88

$1.85

0.03

$3.10

-1.22

07/16/08

$3.98

El Paso

$1.83

$1.78

0.05

$3.14

-1.31

07/17/08

$3.97

Ft. Worth

$1.87

$1.85

0.02

$3.10

-1.23

07/16/08

$3.97

Galveston

$1.83

$1.83

0.00

$3.07

-1.24

07/14/08

$3.97

Houston

$1.83

$1.84

-0.01

$3.09

-1.26

07/17/08

$3.96

San Antonio

$1.80

$1.80

0.00

$3.06

-1.26

07/16/08

$3.96

Texarkana

$1.86

$1.85

0.01

$3.12

-1.26

07/17/08

$3.98


TX legislator demands Muslims visitors to renounce terror

AUSTIN -- Muslim Day at the Texas Capitol apparently didn't sit well with state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton -- who posted a message on Facebook saying she would ask any Muslim who visited her office to pledge allegiance to the United States.


White posted the following on Facebook:


"Today is Texas Muslim Capital Day in Austin. The House is in recess until Monday. Most Members including myself are back in District. I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office."


Asked about the Facebook post, a staffer in White's office said they would send a statement.


White, a pro-life activist who founded a non-profit organization called Women for Life International, was elected in November. Her district includes Temple and part of Killeen.


Meanwhile, hundreds of Muslims have rallied at the Texas Capitol. The peaceful rally, which takes place every two years, was interrupted by hecklers who grabbed the microphone from organizers and have yelled "assimilate or go home," according to the Associated Press.


Council Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll said the event began in 2003 and never drew opposition before. But this year, online threats prompted the council to contact the FBI. Added police presence around the event was also conspicuous. Last week, hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Muslim group's conference in a Dallas suburb and heckled participants.


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