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Charge against former Henderson ISD booster club president dismissed

HENDERSON, Texas (KLTV) – A charge accusing a former Henderson ISD football club president of using booster funds for personal expenses has been dismissed. On Thursday, District Judge J. Clay Gossett received a motion to dismiss a charge against Kenneth Lee Orr, 69, of Henderson. Orr had been accused of misappropriation of fiduciary property in 2022 after the booster club committee allegedly noticed he had written an $8,000 check to himself, according to a probable cause affidavit, and replaced the funds days later. The motion to dismiss states the “booster club does not believe it is in the interest of the organization or anyone else to prosecute further…money was repaid next day and [it’s] difficult to determine if this was truly that far from the norm and custom of the organization.”

Governor issues disaster declaration for seven East Texas counties

Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Monday for seven East Texas counties impacted by severe storms and flooding that began last week and continue to affect homes, businesses, and the agriculture industry throughout those regions. The counties in the Governor’s declaration include: Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Panola, Shelby, and Tyler counties. “The State of Texas continues working around-the-clock with local officials to respond to severe storms and flooding and help all impacted Texans begin to rebuild and recover,” said Governor Abbott. “I issued a disaster declaration to ensure that all resources are readily available to communities in need to support their recovery efforts. Texans are encouraged to report damages to their homes or businesses through the iSTAT damage survey so state and local officials can determine if the state meets the requirements for additional federal assistance. I thank the Texas Division of Emergency Management and first responders who are working tirelessly to keep their fellow Texans recover from these storms.” Local and state officials are currently assessing damage across the affected regions. As flood waters recede, those initial damage assessments will continue, and determinations will be made about the eligibility of various forms of federal disaster assistance for impacted residents. Additional counties may be added to the declaration at a later date.

Law enforcement officers involved in car crash

TEXARKANA, Ar. – Two law enforcement officers crash while responding to a call This morning in Texarkana, Arkansas. The Miller County Sheriff’s deputy and Texarkana, Arkansas police officer collided at the intersection of Division and East streets. A third vehicle was also hit by one of the patrol cars. Both officers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Arkansas state police is investigating the crash.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING- NOTICE POSTED; April 15, 2024 — 3:30 D. M.

The Sabine Parish Police Jury will hold a regular meeting April 17, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in the Police Jury Meeting Room of the Sabine Parish Courthouse, 400 S. Capitol Street, Many, Louisiana.

Pedestrian killed in 500 block of MacArthur Drive

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – According to the Alexandria Police Department, a pedestrian was killed in the 500 block of MacArthur Drive on April 14 around 9:45 p.m. APD responded to a single-vehicle crash Sunday night and learned that the pedestrian, Jeannie Austin, 56, of Alexandria, was attempting to cross the northbound lane of MacArthur Drive when the crash happened. Toxicology tests were performed on the driver of the vehicle. This is currently an ongoing investigation.

Road closed

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces the left lane of US 190 from Bon Ami Street to Pine Street will be closed Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rush of flood water caused a log jam on the Sabine River at Deweyville

A rush of flood water has created a massive log jam on the Sabine River at the Highway 12 Bridge at Deweyville. The high water floated the logs and then began carrying them down-river until they reached the bridge and became trapped. Photos taken by Deweyville resident Barbara Phillips and shared with KJAS News show the mass of logs stretching across the river and a few hundred yards up-stream. The Newton County Emergency Management office released a statement which said that both the Texas Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation along with the Sabine River Authority were all working together to come up with a solution to the problem. On Friday afternoon their plans came together. The bridge was closed to traffic and heavy machinery was on the bridge clearing out the log jam.

Swift water rescue teams pull stranded drivers and homeowners to safety

Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis tells KFDM/Fox 4 News swift water rescue teams, deputies, firefighters and other first responders, have rescued people stranded in cars and homes near Village Creek. Davis says they’ve been busy since early Friday morning, pulling one driver from a car inundated with water, with only six inches of the roof visible. They’re using boats to help people leave their homes, now surrounded by water along portions of FM 418 and FM 327 between Silsbee and Kountze. The rescues are underway along Wingfield Drive, east of Lumberton, Old Beaumont Highway and Andover, FM 327 west of Silsbee, and other locations. Village Creek has crested at 27.16 feet Friday morning. As of 10:45 a.m., the level stood at 26.64 feet. The forecast is for the water level to drop to 22.4 feet at 1 a.m. Saturday. Minor flood stage is 12 feet and major flood stage is 23 feet. The water level at Toledo Bend is now above the 172.5 foot mark that triggers water releases. When that happens, all 5 gates are opened one foot, releasing 5,000 cfs.

Teen killed in ATV crash

SHREVEPORT, La. – A teenager lost his life in an ATV accident over the weekend. It happened Saturday night on Slack Road and Benton Kelly Drive in Shreveport. Jeremiah Jacobs was ejected from his 4-wheeler and pronounced dead at the hospital. No other details have been released.

Toledo Bend Dam has 5 gates open at 1 foot each

Information on the Sabine River Authority website says that as of Friday afternoon, Toledo Bend Dam has 5 gates open at 1 foot each. This comes after the lake level exceeded 172.50 feet, and the SRA says their operation guidelines stipulate that the gates are to be opened when the water is at that level. Additionally, Toledo Bend Dam is releasing water through both electrical generators 24 hours a day. As of Friday afternoon, Toledo Bend Dam was releasing 18,233 cubic feet of water per second. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service has updated their projections for peak levels and flooding down the Sabine River.

SABINE RIVER AT BURKEVILLE

Predicted to peak at 40.0 feet on Wednesday

Moderate flood stage is 40.0 feet

SABINE RIVER AT BON WIER

Predicted to peak at 34.3 feet on Wednesday

Moderate flood stage is 33.0 feet

SABINE RIVER AT DEWEYVILLE

Predicted to peak at 27.1 feet on Sunday

Predicted to drop to 25.7 feet on Wednesday

Predicted to start rising again on Wednesday, no info on next peak level

Moderate flood stage is 26.0 feet

Major flooding predicted along Sabine River

LOGANSPORT, La. — Major flooding is a concern along the Sabine River in and around Logansport in the coming days.  Emergency response agencies met Thursday morning in DeSoto Parish to prepare their response.  “Having emergency vehicles in the area just in case the need arises. Of course, we have a hydro-truck which is an amphibious vehicle. A couple of drones with heat capabilities,” said DeSoto Parish sheriff’s PIO Mark Pierce.   The Logansport gauge on the Sabine River is forecasted to rise to 34.3 feet Friday, which would be the highest it has been since 2016 (when it crested at 35 feet.)  There is at least some low potential for the river to crest a foot or two higher than this, and of course a higher crest has potential to cause even larger issues, Pierce said. Currently, the river is expected to crest on Monday around 35.7 feet. Residents in low areas near the river such as Caraway Isle and Garrett’s Park in Logansport have already either evacuated, or are in the process of leaving now.   “My wife and everybody gathered up and have been packing stuff up and low camp off the Johnson,” said Jeff Rogers, a Garrett’s Park resident.  “Our office, along with EMS, Fire, 911, is fully prepared to assist anyone needing assistance prior to the crest stage, and rescue, if needed, at any stage.  We are sparing no resource or tool available to ensure the safety of everyone affected by this flooding,” Pierce said. The DeSoto Parish Police Jury has also announced that sandbags are available and can be picked up at the DeSoto Parish Police Jury road barn in Grand Cane (behind the airport), Logansport Fire Station and Stonewall Fire Station.

Van burns up on Highway 96 near Roganville

Van Engulfed in Flames on Hwy 96 near Roganville A possibly disastrous situation was averted on Hwy 96 near Roganville. The incident occurred on Thursday just before 3 pm as a delivery van was traveling south on Hwy 96 south, just before FM 2245 to Roganville According to first responders on the scene, the driver noticed flames coming from the front of the vehicle. The driver pulled over and was able to exit the vehicle without injury. Roganville Volunteer Fire Department responded with a tanker and quickly extinguished the fire.

Vehicle went into water, driver ok

A driver escaped uninjured after the vehicle he was driving went off of a bridge and into a branch off of Sandy Creek late Thursday afternoon in the Curtis Community. It happened shortly after 4:00 on County Road 139, just south of Farm to Market Road 777. Beech Grove Fire Chief Jamie Gunter said that about three-quarters of the vehicle was submerged when and other firemen arrived at the scene. The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the accident and a crew from Jasper Towing & Recovery was tasked with pulling the vehicle out of the water. Firemen at the scene said the driver of the late model Jeep Grand Cherokee told them that he swerved to miss a wild hog in the road when the accident occurred. No injuries resulted from the accident.

Woman from Pineland severely injured in wreck near Call

A resident of Pineland received what was reported to be severe injuries on Thursday morning in an auto accident that occurred near Call Junction south of Kirbyville. The accident occurred shortly before 8:00 on Highway 96 at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 1004. According to preliminary reports, a 2015 Chrysler 200 was northbound on Highway 96, while a 2019 Dodge Ram truck was southbound, and a 2020 Subaru SUV was at the stop sign on FM 1004. According to first responders, the driver of the Subaru pulled out into the path of the Dodge truck. The driver of the truck attempted to avoid the collision, resulting in the truck crossing into the oncoming traffic lane and colliding head on with the Chrysler. The driver of the Chrysler, identified as 25-year-old Tatyana Lacey, of Pineland, sustained severe injuries and was flown from the scene by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. The driver of the Dodge truck, 57-year-old Alisa Langley, of Buna, and one adult passenger sustained minor injuries and both were taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The driver of the Subaru, 90-year-old Clara Perino, of Kirbyville, was not injured.

Areas along the Sabine River experiencing major flooding

CARTHAGE, Texas – Due to the recent heavy rain, low-lying areas of Shelby County, Panola County, and DeSoto Parish face potentially historic flooding. Residents have been told to be aware of their surroundings as events may change quickly and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Wednesday night, the Texas Emergency Management Agency issued a statement regarding flooding in the Sabine River. It said upstream rainfall is the source of the threat. The primary areas of concern include locations along and near the Sabine River and its tributaries. Remember, if you encounter flooded roads, turn around, don`t drown.

Areas of concern include:

  • All areas along the Sabine River and its tributaries north of Logansport
  • Those living along Martin Creek and its tributaries in the Tatum area
  • County Road 224 along Irons Bayou
  • County Road 210 along Irons Bayou
  • US Hwy. 59 N. along Irons Bayou
  • The area south of County Road 2151 and North of St. Hwy. 149
  • County Road 307 along Jackson Creek
  • County Roads 3171 and 3172
  • Private Roads 848 and 8481 and County Road 448
  • Low-lying areas on County Roads 127 and 129 along Brushy Creek
  • All residences adjoining Dixie Lake and County Roads 403 and 4034

Declarations of Disaster for Jasper County and City of Kirbyville

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen and Kirbyville Mayor Frank George have each issued declarations of disaster following devastating flooding that began on Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday morning. This clears the way for both Jasper County and the City of Kirbyville to request state and federal funding and other resources.

Flood floated caskets out of the ground at a Kirbyville cemetery

A phenomenon that we last saw during the March 2016 flooding event in Newton County has happened again – this time in Jasper County. Several caskets floated up out of the ground at West Green Lawn Cemetery on the far west side of Kirbyville. The incident was discovered on Wednesday morning. Some of the caskets stayed by their burial plot, while at least one floated away until it was stopped by trees and bushes at the side of the cemetery. Workers were busy trying to determine which plots each caskets floated out of.

Flood waters bring danger for Newton County

Officers with the Newton County Sheriff’s Department have now rescued a total of three people from the raging floodwaters on Cow Creek near Farm to Market Road 1416. Sheriff Robert Burby said the search for latest missing began just before sunset on Wednesday when it was reported that two men had been carried away by the raging water. Burby said shortly after 9:00 pm that one of the men had been found and he was safe and sound. However, Burby said the second person not found until later in the evening. No name or other details have been released. Burby said that earlier in the day another similar incident occurred and in that case the driver of an eighteen wheeled tractor trailer truck was reused from the water. Sheriff Burby is asking everyone driving roads in Newton County to remain alert and stay safe. He said even though some roads look passible thy may not be.

Gilmer bus struck by car that plowed through downed tree in intersection

GILMER, Texas (KLTV) – A Gilmer ISD school bus carrying four students was hit by a car which had plowed through a fallen tree Tuesday afternoon. Superintendent Rickey Albritton said the incident happened on FM 726 near the intersection of Bobwhite Road at around 5 p.m. The GISD bus was northbound and had come to a stop when the driver saw a tree in the road. A southbound vehicle came through the tree and struck the front of the bus, going under the bumper. The driver of the car was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The four children on the bus and the bus driver were not injured, Albritton said. The bus was near the end of its route. Parents were notified and the children were taken to their homes. The bus sustained damage to the front bumper.

Kirbyville schools still closed….Newton schools to be closed the rest of the week

Officials at Kirbyville CISD have announced that school will be cancelled for Thursday and officials in Newton say school there will be out the rest of the week due to flooding and poor road conditions.

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