The Port Arthur Police Department released a statement from the Port Arthur Utility Operations Manager Tuesday, Jan. 8, informing citizens that Jade Avenue between 63rd Street and FM 365 will be reduced to a single lane. The lane reduction is the result of an estimated 60-day project to replace a 12-inch gravity flow sewer line. Flaggers will be present for traffic control and drivers are asked to reduce their speed and expect delays.  

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Nederland Police Department and First United Methodist Church Nederland will be working with Texas Law Shield to host “Introduction to church security planning: protecting the flock,” which is a seminar for local churches to receive security training. The seminar is open to the public and free to all attendants.

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On Jan. 6, Lumberton firefighters responded to a home fully engulfed on Tanner Lane in Lumberton. One man was trapped inside and unable to escape the flames.

Fire investigators have not released the identity of the man killed and are investigating the source of the fire. Fire officials said the fire started in the back bedroom and foul play is not suspected.

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Armando Negrete Jr.

UPDATE: Armando Negrete Jr. is in custody after being arrested Wednesday, Jan. 9, at approximately 2 a.m. on 64th Street in the Port Acres area of Port Arthur.

The Port Arthur Police Department is asking Southeast Texans for their help in apprehending a wanted fugitive, 36-year-old Armando Negrete Jr., who has two outstanding warrants for burglary of a habitation. Each warrants carry a bond of $500,000. 

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The windshield of the vehicle provided by Pinehurst PD

Pinehurst Police Department are investigating a hit-and-run after discovering the victim, 40-year-old Black male Jonathan Sibley of Orange, laying on the side of the roadway with head injuries and bleeding profusely in the 3100 block of W. Park in Pinehurst on Saturday, Jan. 5. Acadian Ambulance and first responders from the Pinehurst Volunteer Fire Department cared for Sibley before he was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and then to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston where he is listed in serious stable condition.

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