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BISD police officer under investigation and on leave
BEAUMONT - KFDM News has learned the BISD Police Department is investigating one of its own. According to a source within the district, a male police officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay after being accused of sending an inappropriate photo to a woman.

The woman is not connected to the district.

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Pistol Packing Pastor pleads "no contest" to marijuana case

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced today that James Arthur McAbee, a local pastor known as "the Pistol Packing Preacher," pled no contest to possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

He was sentenced by Judge Langston Adams to two years deferred probation with a $2,000 fine. As conditions of his probation, Mr. McAbee will also have to complete drug education classes, perform community service, and surrender concealed handgun licenses from Texas, Arizona, and Florida.

According to offense reports, on April 10, 2014, officers with the Beaumont Police Department were working undercover at the Red Carpet Inn, an area known for prostitution and illegal drug trafficking.

Officers observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between Mr. McAbee and a known prostitute.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on Mr. McAbee and found marijuana in the vehicle and a loaded handgun on his person.

Possession of marijuana less than two ounces is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.  
As part of the plea agreement, the State dismissed the unlawful carrying of a weapon charge.

Beaumont EMS vehicle and car collide
BEAUMONT - Police are investigating a collision involving a Beaumont EMS vehicle and a car.

The vehicles collided Wednesday afternoon on 11th Street. Police say the driver of a white car was turning left onto South Street and the EMS vehicle was in the far lane.

According to police, the drivers didn't see each other.

Paramedics transported both drivers to the hospital. Their injuries aren't serious.

Dr. Augustine to lead BISD Human Resources Department


In the continued efforts to fine tune and upgrade the operations of Beaumont ISD, Superintendent Vernon Butler has altered the organizational structure in the direction of management efficiency and maximizing human talent. Specifically, Dr. Dwaine Augustine, the current Chief of Academics for the Beaumont Independent School District will move to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Dr. Augustine's educational experiences covers the gamut of instructional operation beginning as a high school teacher and moving through the ranks in the Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District as a high school assistant principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent where he was directly responsible for curriculum, instruction, testing and human resources. He received his doctorate degree from Lamar University in Education Administration in 2009. Dr. Augustine is clearly a multi-talented professional educator with the proven ability to maximize the productivity in any and all aspects of education administration.

"Further adding to the efficiency of this team is my plan to expand the duties of Dr. Shirley Bonton who currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for the Beaumont Independent School District to include all phases of curriculum, instruction and assessment from K to 12," said Superintendent Butler. This move will eliminate a fragmented approach to the K-12 educational structure and will ensure long range planning and consistency as we work to ensure that the entire vision of our educational plan is on one consistent path with no breaks in the process, Butler further explained.

"In coordinating the talents of our administrators and eliminating the departmentalization of their talent it will result in multi-staffing and responsibility which certainly in the future might eliminate the need for some administrative positions," says Butler. Dr. Augustine assumed his official duty as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources on August 19, 2014.   

Keyarika Diggles jailed again, accused of using stolen credit card to pay court fines

JASPER - By Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

Keyarika Diggles is back in jail again after police say she used a stolen credit card to pay the court fines on her latest criminal charges.

The 26-year-old Jasper woman made national news in 2013 after an incident in the Jasper City Jail, in which she later received a $75,000.00 out of court settlement from the City of Jasper, while two police officers and a 911 dispatcher lost their careers.

According to Officer Lawson Dry of the Jasper Police Department, the latest crime occurred in July when Diggles called the City of Jasper Municipal Court, and used the stolen credit card to pay her fines.

Dry said a few days later, the victim discovered that money had been taken off of her card, so she filed a police report. According to Dry, he began investigating the card transactions and discovered what it had been used for.

This is Diggles' fifth arrest this year on a total of twelve criminal charges, which included three arrests in May alone, and she's been under grand jury indictment since March on a felony charge of forgery of a financial instrument.

In one of her arrests, Diggles was accused of stealing baby formula from the Jasper WalMart, and in another arrest Diggles was accused of writing a check on a closed bank account to Stewart Glass Company when they replaced her car windshield after her boyfriend allegedly busted it out.

In her latest arrest, Diggles has been charged with credit or debit card abuse, and she had two warrants for capias pro-fine, meaning that she failed to follow orders from the court. Her bond was set at a total of $6,499.00 by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronnie Billingsley.

However, Diggles also has two City of Jasper warrants for driving with no driver's license, and she'll be transferred to the Jasper City Jail once she has finished her business at the Jasper County Jail.

Lamar State College honor graduates
Lamar State College-Port Arthur

Honor graduates top Summer 2014 Commencement at Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Lamar State College-Port Arthur saluted 21 students who earned academic honors in taking home either an associate degree or a certificate of completion from its Summer 2014 Commencement Ceremony held Friday, August 15 at the Parker Center.
The John C. Huval Award for Academic Excellence went to Brandon Keith Skillman of Beaumont, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average while earning an associate of arts degree in academic studies.
Shari Lynn Comer of Beaumont won the H.S. Anderson Award for Allied Health after graduating with a 3.93 GPA and an associate of applied science degree in surgical technology.
The Sydalise Fredeman Award for Associate Degree went to Steven McDonough of Beaumont, who graduated with a 3.54 grade point average in automotive technology.
Angeliree M. Mays of Beaumont won the  Sydalise Fredeman Award for Certificate. She finished her work for a cosmetology operator certificate with a 3.87 GPA.
Academic excellence awards went to the following students:
Summa cum laude degree honors (GPA between 3.8 and 4.0): Brandon Keith Skillman, Beaumont (academic studies), Shari Lynn Comer, Beaumont (surgical technology), Jeffrey Mayo Jr., Port Arthur (academic studies), Brandy Bill, Port Arthur (academic studies.)
Magna cum laude degree honors (GPA of 3.65 to 3.79): Anna M. Arranz, San Marcos (nursing), Shanna Cavazos, Port Arthur (surgical technology).
Cum laude degree honors (GPA of 3.50 to 3.64): Tien Thuy Nguyen, Port Arthur (academic studies), Natalia Lisbeth Marin, Port Arthur (academic studies), Dasia Javon Knighton, Beaumont (surgical technology), Steven Miles McDonough, Beaumont (automotive technology), Lanna Roberts Mull, Beaumont (academic studies), Jonesha Marie Harris, Port Arthur (surgical technology), Bridgette E. Weaver, Port Arthur (drug and alcohol abuse counseling).
Summa cum laude certificate honors (GPA of 3.8 to 4.0): Angeliree M. Mays, Beaumont (cosmetology operator), Maricela Rangel, Port Arthur (cosmetology operator).
Magna cum laude certificate honors (GPA of 3.65 to 3.79): Evelyn Vargas, Port Arthur (cosmetology operator), Julie Anne Andrews, Groves (vocational nursing), Abbie Louise Rucker, Groves (cosmetology operator).
Cum laude certificate honors (GPA of 3.50 to 3.64): Lexis Perry, Port Arthur (vocational nursing), Kathryn Ann Beebe, Bridge City (vocational nursing), Maritza Magana, Port Arthur (cosmetology operator).

Monitoring area of low pressure in Atlantic

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Atlantic as it moves toward the Caribbean Sea.

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The Hurricane Center advisory Wednesday morning indicated the presence of shower and thunderstorm activity associated withan elongated area of low pressure located several hundred miles eastof the southern Windward Islands.

Gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph across the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea. Interests in the Lesser Antilles andthe northeastern Caribbean Sea should closely monitor the progressof this system.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...30 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.  

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