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Ronald Rice

A man whose crime spree spread across three Texas counties and into Louisiana was sentenced to 25 years in prison on March 14 for the aggravated robbery of a Subway restaurant in Beaumont.

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced March 14 that Jefferson County Judge John Stevens sentenced Ronald Rice, 33, to two-and-a-half decades in prison for the aggravated robbery charge. Rice was also sentenced to 10 years for Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle. Rice previously pleaded guilty to both offenses on February 16.

Entergy Storm Ready

News release from Entergy Texas from March 14:

Last week’s rains have become this week’s floods and personnel with Entergy Texas, Inc. are hard at work to ensure evacuees and other Southeast Texans will have safe and reliable power as the event unfolds.


Traffic is currently backed up into Port Arthur and through Pleasure Island and into Louisiana due to an emergency on the MLK bridge on SH 82. The MLK bridge could possibly be closed. Expect delays.



Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) investigators are still trying to sort out the details of a shooting that occurred Thursday, March 10, and say an arrest could be forthcoming. 

According to a news release from OCSO, deputies responded to 911 call in reference to a shooting at a trailer park in the 12000 block of Highway 62 North at 4:51 p.m. The caller told dispatch that a male subject had been shot and another man was still in the area with a shotgun.


The Cattail Marsh at Tyrrell Park in Beaumont is closing for two days in March as the city hosts a collaboration of wildlife researchers examining local waterfowl.