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Studio 6 hotel in Port Arthur evacuated during fire
PORT ARTHUR - The Studio 6 Hotel was evacuated after a fire broke out at the hotel on Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Sgt. Terry Chance tells KFDM News that the fire started in a shed around 11 p.m. Sunday, and Entergy shut off power to the hotel.

He says officers were at the scene blocked off the road as firefighters worked at the scene.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Beaumont man hit crossing street and later dies
BEAUMONT - A Beaumont man crossing the street was struck by a car and later died.

Investigators say around 11p.m. Saturday, 39-year-old Daryl Ieans ran in front of a Lincoln Town Car in the 3700 block of East Lucas.

They say the driver of the car was unable to avoid hitting Ieans.

A passerby performed CPR on Ieans, but he later died at a hospital.

Man from Orange dies when SUV slams into his motorcycle and doesn't stop
ORANGE COUNTY - Department of Public Safety troopers are searching for driver that slammed into a motorcycle on Interstate-10 in Orange County, leaving a man dead.

Troopers say 56-year-old Tommy Joe Reeves was killed after a Nissan Xterra slammed into the back of his Honda motorcycle and didn't stop.

It happened in the eastbound lane on I-10 near FM 1136 at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday.

Reeves was pronounced dead at the scene. DPS troopers are looking for a 2013 to 2015 Nissan Xterra.

They are asking for the public's help. They say the SUV will likely have extensive front end damage, particularly to the right side.

If you know anything about this case, you're asked to contact DPS at 936-699-7340.

Early voting starts today, Monday, Oct. 20
KFDM News - You can cast your vote starting today (Monday).

Early voting begins today for the upcoming November election.

It runs through Oct. 31. You can cast your ballot at any polling place in your county of residence.

You will need to present a valid form of identification such as a Texas driver's license or ID card, military ID, U.S. passport or concealed handgun permit.

Symphony of SETX concert hailed as epic
BEAUMONT - The Symphony of Southeast Texas presented a concert that was free to everyone.

The orchestra performed Scheherazade at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.

The first attempt at presenting the concert was halted due to technical difficulties.

The performance is being touted as an epic symphonic work.

Church opens pumpkin patch in Port Neches
PORT NECHES - Take your pick.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Port Neches has opened its pumpkin patch to the community.

There are pumpkins of all sizes at the church on Nall Street.

The pumpkin patch will remain open until Oct. 31.

If you haven't gotten your pumpkin by Halloween, you can still pick up one.

Pilot severely injured after plane catches fire and crashes Jasper airport

JASPER COUNTY/POLK COUNTY - KJAS Rayburn Broadcasting Company


A 64 year old former resident of Jasper is undergoing treatment for the injuries he received on Saturday evening after the aircraft he was piloting crashed and burned north of Livingston.

Alan Richard Crawford, who lives at Lake Buchanan, northwest of Austin, had attended an air race in Jasper and was headed home in his 2008 Lancair Legacy single engine aircraft, when he radioed fellow pilots shortly after his departure from Jasper County Bell Field and told them that his aircraft was on fire and he was going down.

Pilots from Jasper immediately jumped in airplanes and flew to Crawford’s last known location and later reported that his aircraft could be seen burning on Farm to Market Road 942, about 10 miles north of Livingston.

Crawford was treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians and then transported to the Shriner’s Burn Center in Houston, where he was at last word still undergoing treatment for severe burns.

Crawford, who had participated in the Sport Aviation Racing League Ghost Run held in Jasper, had just prior to his departure, received the top award for his achievement in the aircraft, which sometimes exceeded 275 miles per hour.

It is not known what happened to the airplane and investigators are expected to soon be at the scene of the crash in an attempt to find out what caused the incident.

Crawford who has been a pilot since his early teens is a commercial airline pilot.

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