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Lumberton school bus driver blames fog for accident

LUMBERTON - A Lumberton school bus driver is blaming morning fog for causing an accident.

Troopers say at about 7:20 a.m. Thursday there was a one vehicle crash at the intersection of Deer Park Road and Railroad Street just west of Lumberton.  The crash involved a Lumberton I.S.D. school bus.  

According to the school bus driver, he was stopped on Deer Park Road and began to back up onto Railroad Street.  Due to the fog, he missed the roadway and backed into a ditch, striking a utility pole. 

At the time of the crash, there were three students on the bus.  There were no injuries to any of the students nor the bus driver.  The school bus sustained only minor damage.   There are no further details on this crash.

Suspect in hit and run fatality surrenders


George David Welch of Vidor turned himself in to authorities earlier this morning in Orange county.  Welch has been arraigned and his bond set at $50,000.  The Felony case of Failure to Stop and Render Aid Resulting in a Death will be handled by the District Attorney's office in Orange County.  Welch will probably bond out of jail within the hour.  

The Texas Department of Public Safety greatly appreciates the media for helping to get Welch's information and photograph out to the public quickly. 

The media coverage led many concerned citizens to call in tips to DPS about the possible whereabouts of Welch.   Thanks again for all the help with quick media coverage of the story.


On October 19, 2014, at approximately 1:45am, DPS Troopers were dispatched to a motorcycle crash on Interstate 10 at FM 1136 in Orange County. A 1982 Honda motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in the outside lane when the vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene of the crash. Tommy Joe Reeves, 56 years old, of Orange was killed in the Hit and Run Crash.


At the crash scene, the investigating Trooper photographed and collected several items of evidence that were detached from the fleeing vehicle after striking Reeves’ motorcycle.

The evidence was submitted to the DPS Crime Lab in Houston for blood and paint analysis. DPS Troopers combed through hundreds of vehicle part and serials numbers trying to uncover a match for the evidence which was collected at the crash scene.


After almost three months of investigating this crash, Troopers tied the evidence to George David Welch of Vidor and have issued a Felony Arrest Warrant for Failure to Stop and Render Aid Resulting in a Death, a 2nd Degree Felony.

Texas lawmaker who confronted gun rights group gets security

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas lawmaker has been provided security after his confrontation with gun rights activists led to panic buttons made available to House members. 


The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that Rep. Poncho Nevarez received threats. The Democrat from Eagle Pass says Department of Public Safety officers have been assigned to him and to his family at home. DPS declined comment.


Nevarez opposes a bill that would let Texans carry handguns openly without a permit. Nevarez on Jan. 13 had a heated exchange with members of a pro-gun group in his office. 


A video posted online shows Nevarez asking the people to leave and having trouble closing his door on the group. The House the next day told DPS to make panic buttons, to summon help, available in legislative offices.


(Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

BISD board member Gwen Ambres now running for city council
BEAUMONT - A Beaumont ISD board member has filed to run for city council.

Gwen Ambres turned in the paperwork to run for the Ward 4 Beaumont city council seat.

That's the seat that was held by Jamie Smith for many years. He is the new district clerk.

Council appointed William Sam, Sr., to fill the position until the may election.

We reached out to Ambres earlier today, and she told us if elected to council she would resign her seat as a Beaumont school trustee.

The state appointed a board of managers to oversee BISD, but the trustees officially remain in office.

Local man Tyrone Gilbert convicted of murder
PORT ARTHUR - KFDM News learned that a jury has convicted 29-year-old Tyrone Gilbert of murder.

Prosecutors say he shot and killed 21-year-old Brian Hebert in December 2007 during a dice game in Port Arthur.

The punishment phase will begin Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, morning.

Gilbert could face up to life in prison.

Two teens arrest in Dominos Pizza robbery case in Port Arthur
PORT ARTHUR - Two teenagers are behind bars,  accused of using guns to rob Domino's Pizza on Memorial Boulevard in Port Arthur.

Investigators say it happened Tuesday night around 7 p.m.

Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton tells KFDM News that a K-9 unit found the 17-year-old suspects hiding in the garage of a vacant home.

Doctors treated the teens for dog bites before police took them to jail.

Police recovered a 16-gauge shotgun, a 380 pistol and a ski mask.

No one at the restaurant was hurt in the robbery

Officials: Couple with marijuana in diaper bag released due to no room at jail
JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. - A couple who was charged with possession of marijuana is back on the streets because there was no room in jail.

The sheriff's office in Jennings, La., says 43-year-old Troy Antoine and 27-year-old Niesha Morgan were traveling on I-10 with a child when they were stopped by a deputy.

The couple gave consent to the deputy to search the vehicle.

Investigators say he found marijuana in the diaper bag and $9,000.

The couple was cited and released due to lack of jail space.

Beaumont sinkhole has been repaired
BEAUMONT - The massive sinkhole in Beaumont we told you about yesterday (Tuesday) is now fixed, but the intersection of Royal Street and Range Street are closed until further notice to make finishing touches.

The sinkhole opened up Tuesday morning.

The water utilities director says a sewage pipe broke and the dirt between the street and the pipe went into the broken pipe and was flushed down the sewer line.

That left no dirt supporting the street, and it collapsed.

Motorists can detour the area using Avenue A, Blanchette Street, Victoria Street and Craig Street.

The street and drainage department will go out later this week or early next week to put the asphalt patch to the area.

Man hit while crossing Eastex Freeway has died
BEAUMONT - A man has died after a driver struck him while he crossed the highway in front of Home Depot in Beaumont.

According to Beaumont police, the man died shortly after midnight.

Police identify the victim as 24-year-old Cory Alan Hood of Beaumont.

Officers say doctors removed him from life support on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Investigators say he was crossing the Eastex Freeway last week when he was hit.

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