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Calvin Walker (right) and his trial attorney in the federal case, Dick DeGuerin

Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker, under state indictment for allegedly defrauding and illegally collecting millions of dollars from BISD and the city of Port Arthur, has challenged the constitutionality of the pending state criminal prosecution to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

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The Jefferson County Narcotics Taskforce, with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspector, conducted an controlled delivery operation March 22 that uncovered a large quantity of mail order drugs and arrested a Port Neches woman during the sting, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

According to JCSO, investigators identified a package they believed contained synthetic drugs that was to be delivered to a residence in Port Neches. Investigators tested the contents of the package, and they tested positive for the chemicals used in the synthetic drugs.

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On March 23, at about 7:45 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a multiple vehicle crash at the intersection of FM 2799 and FM 1747 in Jasper County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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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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