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SETX Ports to get $13 million in TX DOT project

The Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $13 million today for projects at the Port of Beaumont and Port of Port Arthur.


APAC-Texas, Inc. was awarded the nearly $4.3 million project that will include the installation of new railroad tracks inside the Port of Port Arthur. The company was also awarded close to $9 million to construct a railroad grade overpass for the Port of Beaumont.   


“A first-class transportation system not only provides a tremendous impact to the immediate community, but also to the entire state as it improves commerce and mobility while creating jobs,” said Commissioner Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission. “We are pleased to see these projects moving forward and look forward to the benefits and opportunities they will create.”


Both projects will begin in early 2015. 

TxDOT okays $319,000 for messaging signs in Southeast Texas

In an ongoing effort to improve safety and relieve congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission approved $319,467 today for new dynamic messaging signs. Florida Traffic Control Devices was awarded the contract and will install the five new signs in Beaumont and Orange.  


“These signs play a significant role in notifying the driving public of accidents, lane closures and getting other important messages such as Click it or Ticket out there,” said Tucker Ferguson, TxDOT district engineer for the Beaumont District. “The signs help make the roadways safer, and by notifying drivers of upcoming traffic, can help reduce the amount of congestion.”


The new signs will be located at IH10 NB just south of Laurel, IH10 westbound at 11th Street, US69 southbound just south of Lucas and US90 eastbound just west of FM364 in Beaumont. The fifth sign will be located at IH10 westbound just east of SH62 in Orange. The signs will be installed in early 2015.  

Puppy rescued from burning apartment

ORANGE - Firefighters in Orange rescued a puppy from a burning apartment and saved its life.

Watch KFDM News at 5, 6 and 10 and stay with for updates.

They found the lab mix puppy while responding to an apartment fire Friday morning in the 3800 block of Meeks Drive.

They found the dog in the burning apartment and arrived just in time to save its life.

A police officer in Orange provided the picture to KFDM News.

BISD board to talk about superintendent, interim police chief

BEAUMONT - The Beaumont ISD Board of Managers is scheduled to talk about the Superintendent and Interim Police Chief during the upcoming meeting Thursday.

The agenda indicates in a closed session the board will deliberate regarding the duties of a public officer or employee, including but not limited to, the superintendent and interim police chief.

The Board of Managers is also scheduled to hold a workshop on team building/preparing for the superintendent search, presentation of a district-wide student performance plan for 2014-2015, and a forensic audit, superintendent search and administrative staffing.


Early voting ends Friday, Oct. 31
KFDM News - If you're planning to cast your ballot during early voting, you have one more day to do so.

Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 31) is the last day for early voting.

Tomorrow, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in Jefferson County.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

Cherry Courtney Gaddis captured in Jasper

JASPER - by Haley Bull

Jasper Police tell KFDM News an anonymous tip helped lead them to a fugitive Thursday night who is wanted on a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Police Chief Robert MacDonald says his officers caught Cherry Courtney Gaddis, 33, on Ervin Street in Jasper.

Jasper officers and detectives took Gaddis into custody. No one was hurt. He's charged with a shooting at an apartment complex last Saturday afternoon. Chief MacDonald says Gaddis fired four or five shots at a man. The victim was shot in the hand and leg. Doctors treated and released him.

"We've had quite a few people that have had trouble with him and that the guy likes to terrorize people and we're gonna put a stop to it," MacDonald told reporter Haley Bull in a previous story.


(Previous report) JASPER- by Haley Bull

Jasper Police are searching for a suspect in connection with an apartment complex shooting.

Police said Cherry Courtney Gaddis, 33, is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He's 6'2" and weights 220 lb. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Police accuse him of shooting another man twice at the Sweet Briar Hills apartments Saturday afternoon.
Officers said about 1 p.m. a 38-year old man pulled into the parking lot of the apartments to pick up someone for a high school reunion.

"When he got out of the car, he was confronted by another subject and the subject told him that he needed to leave that he had no right to be there. I guess the guy was kind of perplexed about it and when he walked away from him, the individual that confronted him drew some type of handgun, took four or five shots at him," Jasper Police Chief Robert MacDonald said.

MacDonald said the injured man drove himself to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand and leg. Officers said he was treated and released, but they are still looking for the accused gunman, Gaddis.

MacDonald said he knows of no connection between the victim and Gaddis, but said Gaddis is a "known offender."

"We've had quite a few people that have had trouble with him and that the guy likes to terrorize people and we're gonna put a stop to it," MacDonald said.

Days after the shooting, the spray paint left from police still marked the pavement while residents were on edge.

"They need to get a hold of him because this is where we live, this is a family complex and we have children, we have over a hundred-something children up here," Bernadine Garland, the apartment manager, said.

The crime didn't touch the children, but has left many people at the apartment complex fearful.

Great job, everyone for a safe yet effective capture!!
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