The News

On Oct. 16, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported a multiple vehicle crash on SH 73 in Jefferson County.  The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. near SH 87.

At the time, troopers stated that there were four vehicles involved in two separate crashes in the westbound traffic lanes of SH 73. Injuries had been reported, but the extent of those injuries had not been confirmed. Motorists were urged to use caution while traveling in the area and to stay alert for emergency vehicles and slow or stopped traffic.

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William Webb, 21 of Orange, was arrested by Orange Co. Sheriff’s deputies and charged with Aggravated Robbery.  He was charged after shooting out the front door of the Dollar General store located at FM 1442, near I-10, on the night of Oct. 11.  He’d entered the building while employees hid, but left without taking anything.  Webb was found after a search later that evening.  

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Beaumont Police Family Violence Unit responded to a shooting at 5:07 p.m. on Oct. 13, in the 6800 block of Broadleaf. The caller said a 19-year-old Beaumont man shot his 20-year-old brother and then shot himself. Both males were transported to the hospital.

Witnesses told officers the victim and his brother were sitting in a car with another person, and the brothers were arguing with one another. The 19-year-old man shot his brother and then shot himself. 

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According to information from Chief Rod Carroll with the Vidor PD, on Oct. 11 at approximately 7:45 AM, the Vidor Police Department received a call of a major accident on the I-10 Service road near FM 1132. A passenger van was traveling eastbound on the I-10 service road near S. Lakeside. A City of Vidor sanitation truck was stopped in the outside lane picking up trash cans. The sun was obstructing the view of the eastbound drivers. The driver of the van saw the trash truck at the last moment and attempted to change lanes striking the sanitation truck in the rear.

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Kathy Page

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll told TV crews that he and his staff are renewing efforts to solve the cold case murder of Kathy Page, a young mother killed in 1991. Although the murder is a decades-old crime, Kathy’s face and the facts surrounding her death have never been far from the mind’s eye – or the eyes of motorists who travel along I-10 between Beaumont and Vidor. For years, Kathy’s father has paid for billboards to adorn the side of the highway for all to see.

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