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“The death is on our hands,” Orange County Judge Brint Carlton said.

Carlton was speaking about the death of inmate Robert Montano, who was held in the county jail “observation bubble” on suspicion of bath salts intoxication for four days in 2011 until he died of renal failure. Carlton confirmed that no evidence has even been produced to show that Montano was ever under the influence of any intoxicant, but he was instead a diagnosed mental health patient without prescribed medication.


Representatives of the City of Vidor surprised Vidor police Sgt. Aleta Cappen at the Vidor City Council meeting Feb. 23 when they honored her by naming the city’s new radio tower after the officer, who worked diligently to secure grants for the project.

City Manager Mike Kunst said they got Cappen to attend the meeting but didn’t tell her she would be recognized at the assembly.

Helen Louise Cox

Hardin County grand jurors indicted former Lumberton band booster treasurer Helen Louise Cox for a second-degree felony theft. This new indictment replaces the original, lesser third-degree felony charge. 

A second-degree felony conviction can result in two to 20 years of imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

The indictment filed Feb. 16, alleges that Cox stole between $20,000 and $100,000 from the band booster club’s account from May 25, 2016, to Oct. 18, 2016.

Patrice Young

The Port Arthur woman wanted for hitting a Port Arthur officer with her car turned herself in Feb. 26, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Marcus McLellan.

PAPD police had been searching for Patrice Young, 37, since Feb. 12, when she allegedly stole a flatscreen TV from the Bridge City Walmart, Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin said in a press conference on Feb. 13.


Set Free Beaumont's Celebrate Recovery® rummage sale will be on Saturday, March 11 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Set Free Beaumont encourages the community to come browse their items and learn more about the Celebrate Recovery program.