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Juan San Miguel

Monday, July 24, Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was notified by the Beaumont Police Department that part-time Jefferson County Courthouse Security Officer Juan San Miguel was under investigation for sexual assault. It was planned that he would be placed on administrative leave without pay, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, but San Miguel failed to show up for work Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28. 

Beaumont Fire-Rescue photo

Tuesday, Aug. 8, around 8 p.m., firefighters were sent to the 550 block of Highland Drive for an apartment fire. When firefighters arrived they found a six-unit apartment building with heavy flames coming from an upstairs unit.

The initial crews on seen were concentrating on attacking the fire and helping the occupants out of the building. The fire was contained to one unit, but three units received damage from smoke and water.

The occupants all escaped the building without injury.


On Tuesday, August 8 beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a water outage in Nederland lasting approximately three hours while a fire hydrant is replaced.

Rebecca L. Cole was charged with animal cruelty.

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, of Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home.


Aug. 2 at about 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks after a parish worker found the body of a man in the woods.

The body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston.

The investigation has revealed Hammons suffered trauma, so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.