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At approximately 4:15 a.m., according to Sergeant Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Hardin County, approximately 5 miles north of Silsbee.

Davis reports preliminary information available indicates that that a Mack garbage truck was traveling northbound on US 96 when it was rear-ended by a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro operated by 25-year-old Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee.

Smith was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries; the driver of the Mack garbage truck was not injured.


Wednesday morning, May 23, 2018, at 10:17, Jefferson County deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a black GMC Sierra truck on IH10 near Goodyear. The driver began fleeing from deputies at a high rate of speed. The suspect drove erratically on IH10, Hwy 124 and Hwy 365, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and then abandoned his truck on Labelle Road just south of Hwy 365.

The suspect, described as a white male, thin build, short to balding hair, orange shirt and khakis, fled on foot into the wooded area.


Water playground devices at seven different Beaumont parks will be turned on Saturday, May 26.

The parks include Chartlon-Pollard, Cottonwood, Halbouty, Liberia, Perlstein, Pine and Roberts Park. Unfortunately, Central and Roberts Park’s water playground devices are still under repair.


A fatal multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 10, near FM 1135, in Orange County claimed two lives and left four with injuries Monday, May 21. 

Preliminary reports indicate that a Saturn passenger vehicle was disabled on the eastbound frontage road of Interstate 10. Pedro Jose Soza-Orozco of Groves, driving a Ford F-150, pulled in front of the Saturn to assist. Soza-Orozco got out of his vehicle to attach a tow chain to the Saturn when the Saturn was rear-ended by a Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Graphic courtesy of Texas Comptroller

Certain Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR products will be tax free during the 2018 Sales Tax Holiday Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. 

The Texas Comptroller’s office estimates shopperswill save about $10.7 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial Day weekend sales tax holidays.