The News

March 24, at about 5 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report that a train struck a semi on Old Nome Road in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

“Initial reports indicate that a 2016 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound on Highway 90 and turned onto Old Nome Road,” Davis said. “As the 18-wheeler crossed the railroad tracks, the fully loaded trailer became stuck on the tracks.”

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A judge sentenced two former city of Port Arthur employees, John Tomplait and Carleton Edwards, on March 20 for their roles in separate thefts from the city resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.

Former Port Arthur assistant water utilities director John Tomplait was sentenced to probation for stealing more than 1,600 pounds of metal from the city.

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Former West Orange-Stark High School assistant coach Carl Broussard, 54, pleaded guilty in front of 260th District Judge Buddie Hahn on March 23 to two counts of failure to stop and render aid in the wake of a fatal accident Nov. 2, 2015, that claimed the lives of a 25-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter.

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On March 20, the Little Cypress Junior High girls seventh grade track team competed in the Silsbee track meet, LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs said in a release.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's office warns the community to check for these five common mistakes when buckling your child into their car seat:

  1. Harnessing straps through the wrong slots
  2. Incorrectly chest clip positioning
  3. Not tightening the harness
  4. Using the wrong seat belt path
  5. Loose safety seat installation

- Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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