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On the heels of the victim’s autopsy report, finalized Dec. 2, a Jefferson County grand jury has elected not to pursue charges against a Beaumont police officer involved in shooting a man outside a bar in October.

According to information from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, on Dec. 7 the grand jury “declined to take action in the officer involved shooting of Chaz York, ruling it to be justified.”

Christie Lynn Combs

The body of a missing Orange woman was discovered Dec. 1 along the side of a Louisiana highway rolled tightly in carpet, reports Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, and investigators are working to determine what happened to her and how she got there.

Sept. 10, 2016, family of Christie Lynn Combs, 44, told officers with the Orange Police Department they were searching for her after not hearing from her since early June.


Faulty equipment at Beaumont Independent School District’s Marshall Middle School was the cause of a poisonous gas leak that sent numerous students to the hospital for medical treatment earlier this year, according to a report released by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Helen Cox

Helen Cox told police that she gambled in three different states and spent more than $70,000 from the Lumberton Band booster club account over a five-month period to “relieve stress from work and [her] divorce,” according to the probable cause affidavit for her arrest notarized Nov. 30. Cox had been appointed treasurer of the club the previous school year in April, and the board signed her onto the account in late May and issued her a debit card early June.

Woods’ administrative assistant Edie Francis said Woods had been a great boss.

An emotional Sheriff Mitch Woods bade a fond farewell to staff, fellow peace officers and friends of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office during a retirement celebration for the longtime lawman on Dec. 2. Woods is saying goodbye after 42 years of service to the Southeast Texas community.

“You’ve all made me look good,” a tearful Woods told deputies and staff at the party. “I can’t express my appreciation enough. My wish is that the sheriff’s office continues to progress. … I’m confident it will.