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Monday, December 24 2012, 01:16 PM CST
KFDM is saddened to report the death of our colleague, our friend, Bill Leger

BEAUMONT - KFDM is saddened to report the death of our colleague, our friend, Bill Leger. 

Bill was a member of our KFDM family as an anchorman and reporter for about 20 years, and his work on television and his community service touched many families across Southeast Texas during that time.

Bill died in a traffic accident in Louisiana early Saturday morning.  According to Louisiana State Police, Bill was driving south on Louisiana 93 north of Scott, Louisiana, at about 1 a.m. Saturday, when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle ran off the road to the right and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn and come to rest in the middle of the road in the northbound lane of Louisiana 93.  Another vehicle, a truck, was traveling north on Louisiana 93 and struck Bill's vehicle. According to updated information from Louisiana State Police, troopers arrested the other driver, Clint Melancon, 52, of Carencro, for DWI after it was determined his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. Melancon was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for DWI 1st offense. The crash remains under investigation.

Bill was a reporter and anchor at KFDM News for about two decades.  He reported on air and live from the field, telling Southeast Texans about major events including hurricanes and trials. Bill did a number of investigative reports as well, and won many awards for his stories. His popular Restaurant Report aired every Friday.

We and many in the community remember Bill for much more than his television work.  Bill was a caring, compassionate person who enjoyed helping people, touching their lives with his anchoring and reporting, and having a positive influence on the region.  He did so through his volunteer work with many organizations, for which he gave countless hours of service, as well as his involvement with telethons including the MDA and Children's Miracle Network.   

We grieve for Bill's wife, Patricia (Tecoo), his beautiful daughters, Tatum and Tori, his parents Stanley and Kathryn, his aunt Rita, and many other relatives and friends.

Bill Leger was 48.  

Funeral services are pending.

Please keep Bill's family in your thoughts and prayers.  

We are posting this biography Bill wrote for our webpage:

My wife and I are both from the same small town, Kinder, Louisiana. I graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge in 1986 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. My first broadcasting job was in radio when I was 12 years old. I continued to work in radio throughout high school and college.

I like working in Southeast Texas because it feels like home. It's a big enough metropolitan area that is has a lot to offer but still small enough to know your neighbors.  We love that it's so close to the beach and take advantage of that every chance we get. Both of my daughters were born in Beaumont, and my wife Tecoo and I have been here since I started working at KFDM 18 years ago.

My aunt, Rita Leger has lived in this area for 40 years and for the past 10 years she has lived right next door to us. We took the fence down in the backyard between our houses so we have a little compound. My daughters love going back and forth between the houses.

When we're not working we enjoy spending time at Crystal Beach. It's our favorite home away from home. My girls love it.

When we visit family in Kinder, we usually drop by Fred's in Mamou to watch my uncle's Cajun band perform.  My parents, Stanley and Kathryn, love the fact that our newscast now streams live on the internet because it means they can watch it from their home in Kinder.

If I mispronounce something, I'll usually get a text from them right then during the newscast. I thought I would enjoy the fact that they now text, but actually not so much. :)

We were asked to list some of our most memorable stories.

1. Hurricane Rita:

The stories that are most memorable to me include those we covered during Hurricanes Rita and Ike. Several of us remained at the tv station after the evacuation for Rita, and it was surreal driving into my empty subdivision to clean out my refrigerator and secure the house. When the weather deteriorated we moved to the Entergy building. There were hundreds of first responders. There was media from all over the world. When the windows downstairs began to break from the wind, it was clear Rita had arrived. Greg Bostwick did interviews with Shepard Smith of Fox News during the storm. It was an interesting experience to say the least.

2. Hurricane Ike:

We had some experience covering Ike because of what we learned during Rita 2 years earlier. However, we spent more time gathering news during the storm than we had done with Rita. Several of us moved into the tv station. We slept on air mattresses in a number of offices. About 1am Kelli and I and her husband Bob Phillips along with our photographer David Moore decided to get some video of the hurricane making landfall. We made it all the way to the Port Arthur seawall by Rose Hill. It was very dark and trees and signs littered the roads. We shined our headlights on the seawall and saw the waves of water coming over the top. We decided going there was unsafe and not very smart. We quickly left and made it back safely. Seeing the devastation across the area the next day when the sun came up was heartbreaking. A few days later the police allowed us to go to Crystal Beach. The peninsula was deserted except for a few property owners who had ridden out the storm. Vehicles, appliances, golf cars and personal property were strewn everywhere. It was very sad. I'm amazed at how quickly the place recovered. It's definitely the determination of the people who love Crystal Beach that made it happen. We spend as much time there as possible. I will never forget what wind and water can do.

3. On the road with Tracy Byrd:

In the 1990's we had the chance to go on the road as Tracy Byrd toured the country. We got to spend several days with Tracy traveling to shows in Nevada and California. He performed at UCLA and there was a great turnout of Country music fans. Tracy said he never knew he had fans on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but he did. He was doing a magazine shoot and people were waiting in line to take a picture with him. It was an interesting experience to say the least.

4. Salon Secrets:

We did a series of reports on the health threats unsanitary nail salons pose to the public. Betty Davis of Beaumont who worked in the industry for years agreed to go undercover for us to expose these dangers. Betty was later invited to speak before a legislative committee about these risks, and they had a chance to see our reports. In the end, the legislature enacted a new regulation that gives the state the authority to immediately shut down any salon that poses a serious health threat to the public.


News release from Louisiana State Police -
Investigation Continues in Early Morning Fatal Crash

LAFAYETTE PARISH-   Troopers are continuing their investigation into the LA Highway 93 crash which claimed the life of William Leger.  Troopers determined that two separate crashes occurred at the scene.  The first crash occurred when Leger’s vehicle ran off the road, overturned then came to rest in the middle of the road.  The second crash occurred when Melancon’s vehicle struck Leger’s vehicle.  

Troopers arrested Melancon for DWI after it was determined his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.  Melancon was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for DWI 1st offense.  

This crash remains under investigation.  

William “Bill” Leger originally from Kinder worked for several years in the Acadiana area in television and radio broadcasting.  For the past two decades, Leger has been working in television in the Beaumont area.  He is survived by his wife, two daughters, his parents and other relatives.   

Beaumont Man Dies in Early Morning Crash

LAFAYETTE PARISH- This morning, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on LA Highway 93 near Gateau Road which claimed the life of a Beaumont man.

According to investigating Troopers, at 1:00 a.m., 48-year-old William Leger of Beaumont was driving a 2012 Jeep south on LA Highway 93.  Leger was entering a curve when, for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway.  Leger overcorrected to the left which caused his vehicle to roll-over.  Leger’s vehicle came to rest in the northbound lane of LA Highway 93.  A short time later 52-year-old Clint Melancon of Carencro, was driving a 1998 Ford north on LA Highway 93 and struck Leger’s vehicle.    

Leger sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead by the Lafayette Parish Coroner.  Troopers are still working to determine if Leger sustained his injuries prior to, or after, his vehicle was hit by Melancon’s vehicle.  Troopers are also trying to determine if Leger was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.  Melancon, who was restrained, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  

This crash remains under investigation.

While it is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, Troopers remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana.  Troopers will work closely with other law enforcement agencies this holiday season to locate and remove impaired drivers from the roadway.  Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink.

KFDM is saddened to report the death of our colleague, our friend, Bill Leger

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Hwy 69 and Keith Rd crash in Hardin County

Dramatic fire rescue caught on video

Local man killed in crash this weekend

Former council member launches petition drive for Port Arthur forensic audit

PAPD sergeant honors slain NYPD officers

Tax expert: The last days in 2014 can impact your taxes

Babies born premature spend first Christmas at hospital

Beaumont Christmas tree recycling drop-off locations

Christmas surprise in Oklahoma Walmart

Shoppers find big sales on day after Christmas

Hardin County woman shot when rifle is dropped

Many banding together for "buy nothing" Christmas

Family escapes house fire, puppy litter dies

Driver dies when vehicle sinks in Port Arthur canal

Lanterns launched to absent loved ones on Christmas

Hack? Christmas tarnished for Xbox and Playstation giftees

Oil price plunge good for consumers, hard on industry

Father thanks cops at memorial for slain officer

Restaurant Report: Dec. 26, 2014

Rescue crews pull man from canal

Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace

Streaming release of movie is test for industry

State exonerates Texas man imprisoned 31 years

Fire burns mansion owned by Dallas Cowboys player

Two arrested in Texas armored car vehicle heist

Secret Santa makes Christmas for struggling family

Mother mourns loss of son in fatal accident before Christmas

Port Arthur police give tips on protecting your home during the holiday

Port Arthur shoppers are confident about jobs

Family needs help paying for son's funeral

Today is the busiest travel day of the year

DFW security -- body cams are useful on the job

Sony, YouTube to stream The Interview $5.99

Beaumont to start Christmas Tree removal

Officer kills armed 18-year-old accused of pulling gun on officer

Update: East and westbound College Street now open following fire behind pest control business

Coast Guard rescues boaters in Trinity Bay

Boomer Roomies becoming more common

Boy's lost wish list found, fulfilled

Health care industry benefits from Obamacare

New accusation: Sony hack used insider

Santa visits Girls Haven, blue lights blazing

CrimeStoppers: help solve crash and carry

Average gas price drops 12 cents a gallon in Bmt-PA

Sailors spend Christmas away from family

Delta baggage handler charged with smuggling weapons on planes

PAPD major arrest in cold case home invasion shooting

Homeowners find car in their house

PA council approves in lieu of tax agreement with Valero, rescinds annexation

BBB: Beware of terms, charges for Gift Cards

Dolphin stranded on Bolivar getting intense care

Sony to release "The Interview" on Christmas Day

New date for Chris Tucker at Ford Park

Airline gun smuggling ring broken

Fitch report -- Texas homes overvalued

Billy Rowles named interim Newton Police Chief

Police say robbers beat bedridden man

Gas Buddy reports prices continue dropping

Video of Kyle Field demolition for upgrades

Jefferson County Commissioners approve purchase of new electronic voting machines

Update on PA home invasion robbery that injures homeowner, teen

Update on murder of two NYC police officers

Women excised from public life in ISIS controlled area

Remembering Joe Tortorice, Sr.

North Korea internet "totally down" --expert

Police departments on alert after NY cop killings

Spindletop Center to have Tobacco-Free Campus, Jan. 1

How stressed out is your zip code?

Pope gives harsh critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Woman delivers own baby on way to hospital

Home invasion robbery sends one person to hospital

Possible hazmat situation cleared

Former local officer reacts to shooting deaths of NYPD officers

eReaders can be harmful to sleep

Hardin County Sheriff's Office working possible hazmat situation

Another man shot in Beaumont refuses to press charges

Gunman shoots two NYPD officers

Logan's Roadhouse manager robbed

Vidor couple describes "strange" home invasion

Parents offer tips on holiday shopping with kids

Restaurant manager near mall robbed after closing

Vidor couple says man posing as bounty hunter tricked them and stole their SUV

Former Catholic school teacher in Orange sentenced for sexual assault

Names released of two brothers who police believe may have died in double suicide

Floodplain regulations concerning some in Bolivar Peninsula

Beaumont police officers reward good behavior

Agreement could delay next BISD board election

Car collides with West Hardin bus

Crunch time for shoppers and retailers

Lamar names 597 students to President’s List for fall 2014

Aryan Brotherhood members sentenced in Texas

TxDOT approves $1.8 million for construction in Jefferson County

Police cadets have 100-percent passing rate

Houston Police release video of suspect chase and shooting

Colbert signs off show, looks to new late night gig

Lamar names 1,054 students to Deans’ List for fall 2014

A restaurant worker praises a woman's coat.. then..

Texas Country Reporter: Dec. 19, 2014

Restaurant Report: Dec. 19, 2014

Little Cypress Mauriceville convenience store robbed at gunpoint

BISD votes to hire forensic audit firm

A woman dies in crash in Orange

Tentative timetable outlined for BISD superintendent search

UPDATE: Two people found dead appear to be a double suicide

KFDM News learns PA Council set to vote Tuesday on tax agreement with Valero

U.S. Marine surprises little brother at school

Police say deaths of two brothers apparent suicides

Former Beaumont physician headed to federal prison

Drivers stopped for violations get cash instead of tickets

City of Port Arthur and Valero Refinery may be on verge of tax agreement for annexation

Jefferson County deputies seeking answers in shooting

One person escapes a house fire in Port Arthur

Bikes awarded to top students in rememberance of Tyvone Washington, a student who died

Two bodies found at home on Concord Street in Beaumont

Stranded bottlenose dolphin rescued on Bolivar Peninsula

Review: 'The Interview deserves to be seen'

KFDM News learns Jefferson County fugitive jailed in North Texas

Where is school debt in SE Texas concentrated?

KFDM news on scene of Port Arthur house fire

Beaumont to start picking up heavy trash each week

Average gas price drops 12 cents in Beaumont area

Boston marathon bomber's lawyer wants trial deal

Update on shooting investigation in Jefferson County

Deputies to search inside of murder victim's truck for clues

Police remind shoppers, employees to pay attention to identity theft signs

SETX store sells beer and wine for first time in 30 years

Former Port Arthur city employee indicted on theft charge

Domestic violence task force: domestic abuse increases during the holidays

Vehicle belonging to murdered Jasper County man is back in Jasper County

New information released on Vidor woman who died on a Beaumont road

Man leads Jefferson County deputies on chase

BREAKING: U.S. investigation links North Korea to Sony hacking

Drop in gas prices just in time for holiday shopping

Cuba releases American prisoner. Obama: warming relations

Manhunt underway near Waco for gunman who shot TV weatherman

Former PA City employee indicted on theft charge

Sony hackers issue terrorist threat

Co-workers in Buna mourn the loss of a friend

Girl wants to be adopted for Christmas

4 year old saves Grandma with 911 call

Former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace gets death sentence


Beaumont City Council appoints Bill Sam, Sr. to replace Jamie Smith as Ward IV councilman

Town bares all for one of its own

Trial date set for Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon

KFDM learns Crystal Boyett is out of jail after posting bond

Web site shows Southeast Texas has light debt load.

Man sentenced for federal drug violations

LIT graduates 75 with honors

Jasper County murder victim's truck found in Abilene

Occuupants escape apartment fire

WOC-ISD approves timeline to hire superintendent

Lamar graduates 72 with honors at commencement

Taliban storm school in Pakistan killing more than 100, mostly children

Cop dragged by car: 'I was just hanging on for the ride'

Hero of Walmart pays off layaway accounts

Live report at 6 from WOC-CISD; no decision yet on interim superintendent

Jasper County murder victim's pickup found in Abilene

Students tackle real-life math problems

Detectives say they suspect gang activity in fatal shooting

Sony hackers promise Christmas surprise

New video posted on police storming Sydney coffee house

DPS investigating fatal collision involving 18 wheeler and SUV in Hardin County

La Quinta in Bridge City robbed at gunpoint

Man dies in Orange shooting,another wounded

Unattended fire scorches 100 acres in Lakes Area

Cool to flood into area with passing front

Police storm Sydney cafe where hostages held

Motorists in targeted by a "secret" policeman (think holidays)

Website ranks Texas drivers as 'third worst' in the country

Port Arthur man dies in hit and run accident

Father has dazzling light show for son who died of cancer

Do not call list doesn't solve pestering issue

Dallas area predicted to have one of worst flu outbreaks

BREAKING NEWS: Police in Orange investigating a deadly shooting

Officers looking for help in finding man accused of severely burning woman with hot grease

Beaumont Police seeking witnesses who saw woman prior to time she ended up out of vehicle and died on MLK

Bike patrol keeping shoppers safe

Crystal Boyett was still in jail Friday after judge increases bond to $2.4 million

Red Kettle Campaign down on donations

Man arrested on charge of deserting grandchildren

Jasper County deputies solve $40,000 oilfield theft case in less than 24 hours

Jefferson County deputies arrest Louisiana murder suspect

Restaurant Report: Dec. 12, 2014

Grinch steals Groves family's Christmas

Jefferson County gang injunction targets the 'Surenos 13' gang

Judge increases Crystal Boyett's bond, prohibits from driving

Mauriceville issues Boil Water notice

Man charged with murder learns fate

Couple celebrates 72 anniversary

Egyptian Spiderman thrills kids

Grinch steals Christmas from Groves family

Man makes and gives handcrafted rocking horses to children in custody of Child Protective Services

Children get to do their own Christmas shopping, thanks to a foundation

Bell ringer suprised with $10,000 donation

KFDM Listens: Dec. 11, 2014 - Exploring the Affordable Care Act for health insurance

Police Chief is everyone's hero

Update: Boyett prohibited from driving; bond increased by $400,000 to $2.4 million

KFDM learns Jefferson County D.A. files first gang injunction

KFDM learns Jefferson County D.A. files first gang injunction

Firefighters douse 18 wheeler fire

It will be a Whimsical Christmas in MidCounty

Deputies find evidence buried in woods

Shane Hadnot pleads guilty to drug charge

Beaumont PD museum, remembering the past helps the future

Friend of Port Arthur man who was shot and killed speaks to KFDM

BPD has released surveillance video with armed robber's voice; Do you recognize gunman's voice?

KFDM learns Shane Hadnot pleads guilty in case prosecutors say is linked to death of Alfred Wright

Mid County Performing Arts Company presents 'A Whimsical Christmas'

Four plead guilty to counterfeiting charges

Jefferson County S.O. looking for man it calls 'dangerous fugitive'

Thieves use van as battering ram to steal ATM from Cheek Grocery

Beaumont investigators believe transients cause fire at vacant Econo Lodge

Small Town Shopping Can be Exciting During Christmas

Council votes to annex Valero

Museum of the Gulf Coast Hosts Holiday Extravaganza

Brehnam High Schools students print prosthetic hand

Two dead in Dallas seniors apartments fire

KFDM's Haley Bull reports Port Arthur council votes to annex Valero

Ebola fighters named Time Person of the Year

PAPD investigating fatal shooting

Students show bias for male online instructors

Pizza delivery woman lured, robbed, and shot

Gunmen rob Dollar General

BBB warns against IRS and other calls to collect money

Family, friends honor 97-year-old veteran

CrimeStoppers needs your help

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Business News

Major business and economic reports scheduled for today:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department will report today on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. In last Thursday's report, the number of Americans seeking jobless benefits fell for the first time in a month, a sign that layoffs remain low and hiring is probably still healthy.

Consumer News

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News


LONDON (AP) -- The actor who plays Martin Luther King in "Selma" is speaking about the racial controversy over fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

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WINFIELD, Pa. (AP) -- Super Bowl 49 will be the 49th for superfan Tom Henschel.

Science/Tech News


WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's used it to keep track of things like traffic delays and speed traps.


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