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James Viltz Thomas

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that State District Judge Raquel West of the 252ndDistrict Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced James Viltz Thomas, 40, to 10 years in prison. 


Luis Fernendo Argueta, a 19-year-old male, died from gunshots fired by a Galveston police officer.

According to a press release by Galveston County Sherriff’s Office, the morning of Monday, June 25, at approximately 3 a.m., the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office received a request from Galveston Police Department to assist in the investigation of an Officer involved shooting at the 5300 block of Ave. L. 

Beaumont Fire-Rescue photos

Ginger, a 3- to 4-year-old pit bull, is in high spirits after being rescued by Beaumont Fire-Rescue from a house fire and revived.

According to a statement, on Monday, June 26, Beaumont Fire-Rescue responded to multiple calls of a house on fire in the 1300 block of Evalon. Fire department crews arrived within three minutes of the first 911 call.


A Beaumont man, possibly the victim of a drowning, was pronounced deceased Saturday, June 23.

According to Officer Haley Morrow, Beaumont Police responded to Lancaster Cornwall Apartments at 6650 Prutzman, in reference to assisting Fire and EMS with a possible drowning victim. The victim, identified as Arnold Smith, a 39-year-old Beaumont man, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. 

At this time, it does not appear to be foul play. 


The Texas Department of Transportation released a statement stating that due to construction to the Brush Island overpass, I-10 eastbound will be detoured to SH124 Tuesday, June 26, 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. I-10 westbound will be detoured to SH124 Wednesday, June 27, 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.