According to Beaumont Detective Jared Dupree of Beaumont's auto theft task force, the suspects that have been captured are connected to a number of other inmates currently in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. 

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Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer presented two Pinehurst officers with certificates of Meritorious Service on Jan. 8. Hanauer said, officers Kevin Norton and Joshua Lockett exhibited service above and beyond the call of duty on two different events where their actions very well may have saved lives. 

On Dec. 7, 2018, Lockett responded to an industrial accident on Strickland Drive and was able to apply a tourniquet to a man's partially severed arm. He was able to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived and life flighted the man to a nearby hospital.

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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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