The News

Texas Department of Transportation announced that Interstate 10 will be closed at FM 1663 on Saturday, Jan. 5, starting at 8 a.m. and reopening at 2 p.m. Traffic will be detoured to the frontage road so work crews can implement safety improvements. 

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Due to the recent rain Orange County is offering free sandbags at three locations. The first location is at 10375 N. Hwy 87 in Orange, the second is at 2505 W. Roundbunch (FM 1442) in Bridge City and the third is at 345 Claiborne St. in Vidor. Those picking up sandbags are asked to bring their own shovel.

Orange County Sherriff’s Office encourages citizens to monitor lake, river and flood stage levels at www.setxasrain.org. 

Finally OCSO asked for citizen’s to be safe and “Turn around and don’t drown.”

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Port Arthur Police Department announced Friday, Jan. 4, that multiple K-9 units will be joining their ranks. While the department already has five dual-purposeK-9s, meaning trained to detect narcotics and assist officers in biting and holding suspects, and one narcotic dog amongst them, they have plans to purchase three more dual-purpose dogs and one narcotic K-9. Three of the new dogs are planned to be trained and in service by the end of the month with the fourth coming in late March. 

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The Beaumont Police Department, Port Arthur Police Department, Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office and Lamar Institute of Technology are joining together to host the Citizen’s Police Academy starting Thursday, Jan. 24.

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A man Nederland police believe responsible for shooting his estranged girlfriend on Dec. 21 is in custody at the Jefferson County Correction Facility..

David Whittington Jr, 48, reportedly went to a Department of Public Safety office in Chambers County on Jan. 3 and turned himself in on Jan. 3. He was transported to Jefferson County.

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