Email List
 

Top Stories

Click here for more Top Stories!

Featured Story 

Plane-crash co-pilot may have hidden illness, prosecutor says

MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work on Tuesday, the day authorities say he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said.

The evidence came from searches of Lubitz's homes in two German cities as authorities sought an explanation of why he locked himself into the cockpit and crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

Torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash "support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues," Duesseldorf prosecutors' office spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said Friday. Such sick notes from doctors excusing employees from work are common in Germany, even for minor illnesses.

Prosecutors didn't say what type of illness - mental or physical - Lubitz may have been suffering from. German media reported Friday that the 27-year-old had suffered from depression.

A Duesseldorf hospital confirmed Friday that Lubitz had been a patient there over the past two months. Duesseldorf University Hospital said he last came to the hospital for a "diagnostic evaluation" on March 10. It declined to provide details of his condition but denied reports that it had treated Lubitz for depression.

Investigators removed multiple boxes of items from Lubitz's apartment in Duesseldorf and his parents' house in Montabaur, near Frankfurt.

Herrenbrueck said the medical documents found indicated "an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment" but no suicide note was found. He added there was no indication of any political or religious motivation for Lubitz's actions.


Read more

CPSO arrests two for Armed Robbery of Vegas Magic Casino

LAKE CHARLES --  Two persons have been arrested for the March 13 armed robbery of the Vegas Magic Casino, 520 Hwy. 397 in Lake Charles.


Shundricka Pete, 22, 2003 North Jake Street, Lake Charles was arrested March 19.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery and armed robbery use of a firearm.  She was released on a $175,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

Malik Isaiah Mitchell, 18, 1901 See Street, Lake Charles was traced to the Alexandria area where he was arrested Friday by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center I.  Mitchell is being charged with armed robbery; armed robbery use of a firearm, theft of a firearm, and attempted second degree murder.  


On March 13, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Vegas Magic casino located at 520 Hwy. 397 in Lake Charles, in reference to an armed robbery.


Upon arrival deputies spoke with the security guard who advised a man, later identified as Mitchell, entered the casino and demanded money from the security guard.  


During the investigation is was learned that as the security guard attempted to explain she did not have the money, Mitchell held a gun to her head and a struggle ensued.  


During the struggle, Mitchell attempted to shoot the security guard, however, the firearm failed to discharge.  Mitchell disarmed the security guard by taking her gun, and then pointed the weapon at the cashier.    


After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, Mitchell fled on foot with both his firearm and the security guard’s firearm.


During further investigation, detectives learned that Pete, participated along with Mitchell in the planning and execution of the armed robbery.


On March 19, Pete was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery and armed robbery use of a firearm.  She was released on a $175,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday. 


On March 20, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $675,000 for Mitchell’s arrest.  

 

Detectives received information that Mitchell was in the Alexandria area and on March 27, Mitchell was arrested by the U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center I.  

 

Mitchell is being charged with armed robbery; armed robbery use of a firearm; theft of a firearm; and attempted second degree murder.   


CPSO Detective Beth McGee is the lead investigator on this case. 

Texas unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent; SE Texas drops to 6.3

BEAUMONT --Figures released today show the Texas unemployment rate dropped .1 percent to 4.3 in February -- the state's lowest unemployment rate since February 2008.


(Note: the Beaumont region numbers are not seasonally adjusted)


 

The unemployment rate in the Golden Triangle was 6.3 percent in February down from 7.1 in January.  In February of last year the rate here stood at 9.2 percent.


The number of unemployed workers in the Golden Triangle dropped to 11,471 last month -- the lowest number since May of 2008 when it was 10,414. 


 

The number of people working in February here rose to a level of 170,603 -- the most since October when 170,977 were employed in the Golden Triangle. 


That was a gain of 7,400 more employed in this region than a year ago. 


The largest gain in jobs here was in Mining, Logging and Construction which posted a yearly gain of 9,700 jobs.


The largest losses were in Other Service category and Government which both lost 800 jobs over the year.


 

Fueled by an impressive expansion in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry, Texas saw continued seasonally adjusted job growth in February. 


The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry saw its largest monthly increase in more than 20 years with the addition of 16,300 jobs. 


The state experienced a net gain of 7,100 nonagricultural jobs in February with 357,300 positions added over the year.


"We are pleased that Texas employers continue to create opportunities,"said Texas Workforce Commission(TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. "Our state offers many competitive advantages to employers who choose todo businessin Texas, including a highly skilled workforce."


Texas, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in February, down from 4.4 percent in January. 


Texas continues to maintain an unemployment rate well below the U.S. national unemployment rate which now stands at 5.5 percent.


"The continued decline in our state's unemployment rate is encouraging," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. 


"The Texas workforce is strong and employers know that they will find skilled workers to match their hiring needs in our state."


Five of 11 major industries added jobs in February. The Leisure and Hospitality industry added an estimated 9,700 positions in February and grew by 55,500 positions over the year, for an annual growth rate of 4.8 percent.


Texas employers also added jobs in Construction, Other Services and Financial Activities, which increased by a combined total of 2,800 jobs.


"Private-sector employers added 9,700 jobs in Texas in February," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. 


"We appreciate the investment that these companies have made in their local communities and we look forward to being a resource for them as they continue to grow in the Lone Star State."


Beaumont-Port Arthur Labor Market Profile.

Texas Workforce Press Release on unemployment rate.



Two face charges related to Evadale store robbery

by Steve W Stewart (KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company)

JASPER -- The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday officially charged a pair of suspects after the two were accused of being involved in a convenience store robbery in Evadale.

Jasper County jailers say Bryant Burrell, 28, of Evadale, has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and his bond has been set at $10,000, while Tracy Earl Justice, Jr., also 28 and also of Evadale, was charged with driving while license invalid and his bond was set at $1,500.00.

However, jailers say Justice will be charged with aggravated robbery on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, both men remain behind bars.

Jasper County Chief Deputy Glenn Blank says the crime occurred shortly after 9:00 on Monday evening at the Rebel Food Mart, located on Farm to Market Road 105, south of U.S. Highway 96.

According to Blank, the investigation revealed that Burrell entered the store, while Justice stayed in a Jeep that they were using. Blank said Burrell indicated to the clerk that he had a gun, but never actually showed one, and instead held a knife to the clerk’s chest and demanded money.

After handing over an undetermined amount of cash, Blank said both suspects left in the Jeep.

Blank said Sheriff Mitchel Newman, in the course of the investigation, was able to determine the identity of both men, and he then called each one and asked them to meet with him at the sheriff's department sub-station in Evadale, which they did, and each was arrested.

Sheriff Newman said on Wednesday that he has obtained at least one confession in the case.

Judge in Texas blocks federal rules change for gay couples
AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge in Texas has blocked temporarily federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples. 
In a 24-page ruling filed Thursday in Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor granted a preliminary injunction that stays expansion of the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex couples. Texas filed suit last week to block Friday's implementation of the change.
 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that complying with the new regulations would have forced state agencies to either violate federal rules or a 2005 ban in the Texas Constitution on gay marriage. Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska subsequently joined the lawsuit. 
U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas says department attorneys are studying the opinion. 
(Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Steelworkers approve contract with Total

PORT ARTHUR - Union members have approved a new contract with the Total Refinery in Port Arthur.

The United Steelworkers Union okayed a four year deal during two ratification meetings Thursday, according to information provided to KFDM News by Richard 'Hoot' Landry of the USW.

The contract follows the national pattern set by Shell and the union.

In other labor news, Landry tells KFDM the union submitted a proposal to ExxonMobil last week and is awaiting a response.

Program note -- 6 News Tonight will air after the basketball game
Program Note  -- Because of the NCAA Tournament, "March Madness," tonight's late news will be delayed till after the game scheduled to start on CBS at 8:45.  Stay with us.  It was a busy news day.

Advertise with us!
  • More Texas News
  • National News
  • International News


Government Accountability

What your elected leaders in Washington are doing today:

President

U.S. Senate

U.S. House

(Public schedules posted online)


KFDM Channel 6 :: Weather

Advertise with us!

24 hr gold chart Olde Saratoga Coin
Advertise with us!

  • KFDM :: News - Kelli's Kids

    Kelli's Kids

    Every child deserves a loving family. But sadly, that's not the case for too many Southeast Texas children. Every Wednesday on Live at 5 we introduce you to a local foster child dreaming about ...
  • KFDM :: News - Golden Apple Award

    Golden Apple Award

    Click here to enter the Education First Golden Apple Educator Award nomination.
  • KFDM :: News - KFDM/KBTV Demolition-Constructio

    KFDM/KBTV Demolition-Constructio

    The KFDM building is being remodeled.
  • KFDM :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control crisis!
  • KFDM :: News - BISD Coverage

    BISD Coverage

    Continuing coverage of the Beaumont Independent School District by KFDM News.
  • KFDM :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Stay connected with Armstrong Williams and read "Political Pulse" here.
  • KFDM :: News - The Morning Show

    The Morning Show

    The Morning Show
  • KFDM :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Let's go Road Trippin' and see all the great places to see and do!
  • KFDM :: News - Traffic

    Traffic

    Get the latest traffic conditions, right here on KFDM.com
  • KFDM :: News -  Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • KFDM :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Top Stories
  • KFDM :: News - Local News

    Local News

    Local News Stories
  • KFDM :: News - KFDM Guests

    KFDM Guests



  • KFDM :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward... because sometimes people need a little extra help.
  • KFDM :: News - Forever Families

    Forever Families

    Forever Families Adoption Stories
  • KFDM :: News - Senior Segment

    Senior Segment

    On News @ Noon every other Thursday - Doctors and Senior Care Givers will discuss anything and everything to do with health issues of senior citizens.
  • KFDM :: News - 6 on Health

    6 on Health

    6 On Health Stories
  • KFDM :: News - Ask the Docs

    Ask the Docs

    Ask The Doc
  • KFDM :: News - Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card

    Resturant Report Card stories
  • KFDM :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses government reform in Texas.
  • KFDM :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • KFDM :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, & extended stories that didn't make it on air.
  • KFDM :: News - See It

    See It

    Did you catch that incredible sunset? Do you have a photo for your adorable child or pet? Did you snap a picture of breaking news?
  • KFDM :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • KFDM :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.
  • KFDM :: News - Remembering Bill

    Remembering Bill

    Remembering our friend & colleague Bill Leger.Watch KFDM videos, view photos and send us your thoughts and prayers

more »

 

Tonight on KFDM Channel 6

6:00
KFDM 6 NEWS AT 6
6:30
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
7:00
Undercover Boss
8:00
Hawaii Five-0
9:00
BLUE BLOODS
10:00
KFDM 6 NEWS TONIGHT AT 10

Complete Schedule »


WeddingCentral.tv
6 on Health
KFDM Weather Team