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Jefferson County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Beaumont was in the process of being evacuated Tuesday morning, May 29, at 9:30 a.m. due to a phoned-in bomb threat, according to employees of the state offices housed in the building. 


UPDATE: Doors to the Jefferson County Courthouse were open at 11 a.m., following an early-morning evacuation ordered when a phone caller dialed 9-1-1 to tell police a bomb was in the building. 

Megan Gail Freeman, 56, of Vidor | photo

At approximately 5:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers received a report of an auto-pedestrian crash near the intersection of FM 105 and West Circle Road in Vidor.

Initial reports indicate that a 2015 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on FM 105.  A pedestrian was walking in the middle of the roadway and walked into the path of the Ford.

The pedestrian, Megan Gail Freeman, 56, of Vidor, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.


U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Joe Brown announced Friday, May 25, that 40-year-old Jonathan Torres has been arrested in connection to two verified explosive devices left at locations in Beaumont’s West End as well as taunting police with correspondence such as a postcard reading, "Would you like to play a game?"


Two Beaumont residents have been charged with the May 9 murder of Michael Odell Legg at 8136 Beauxart Garden Road in Nederland, Nederland police announced May 24.

The Nederland Police Department (NPD), with assistance from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Beaumont Police Department, have filed Capital Murder charges on 24-year-old Ashlie Cherie Martinez and 23-year-old Duane Lamonte Owens Jr. for the murder of Michael Odell Legg. Both Martinez and Owens are residents of Beaumont. 

Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee

At approximately 4:15 a.m., according to Sgt. Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Hardin County, approximately 5 miles north of Silsbee.

Davis says preliminary information available indicates that that a Mack garbage truck was traveling northbound on US 96 when it was rear-ended by a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro operated by 25-year-old Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee.