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A U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130H Hercules with the 910th Airlift Wing

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – The Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing sprayed over one million acres since arriving in Texas Sept. 8 to start the mosquito control application in areas of eastern Texas assisting with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

The 910th operates the Department of Defense’s only large area, fixed-wing aerial spray capability to control pest insect populations, eliminate undesired, invasive vegetation and disperse oil spills in large bodies of water.

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UPDATE (9/18): The fatal crash that occurred on Sept. 17 on TX 12 in Orange County has claimed the life of a second person. The passenger on the Yamaha motorcycle, 24-year-old Chelsea Miller of Buna, died late Sunday night from injuries sustained in the two vehicle crash. Initially, Miller was flown to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. This crash remains under investigation.

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Rumors rose almost faster than floodwaters during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Locals reshared social media posts claiming that flesh eating bacteria was lurking in floodwaters, animals lost during the storm were being euthanized at Ford Park, and FEMA was requiring that homeowners place signs on debris removed from flooded homes forbidding its removal until the debris was documented.

All untrue.

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CSI Aviation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sent a Seeker Aircraft, Seeker SB7L-360, to Southeast Texas to capture imagery of flood-impacted areas following Hurricane Harvey for local agencies. The CSI team assisted Orange County by providing high-definition images showing potentially problematic developments in the community.

CSI Aviation Business Development Manager Chris Bieber was at the Orange County Airport and Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Sept. 12 while a two-man crew surveyed the surrounding landscape.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Southeast Texas law enforcers are being called out to keep the peace as tempers flare and domestic disturbances erupt due to abnormal living arrangements and high emotions resulting from the storm’s disastrous flooding, and a higher than average number of area folks are being committed to mental health facilities, likely due to stressful conditions, according to officers.

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Golden Pass Products announced at a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce that the company will donate $1.5 million to assist with relief efforts in Southeast Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“This fund will help Port Arthur, Jefferson County and Southeast Texas recover from damages this storm has caused,” said Sean Ryan, president of Golden Pass LNG.

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Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:43 a.m., Beaumont police responded to a major crash involving a truck and a motorcycle. Both vehicles were traveling west in the 5700 block of Washington when the driver of the truck attempted to make a U-turn. The motorcycle was unable to stop and struck the front left quarter panel of the truck. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to injuries suffered in the wreck.

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This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere Friday, Sept. 15.

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Linnard Couch

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office received an indictment on a former police officer.

Linnard Couch, 41, was indicted for felony theft with a $5,000 bond.

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Steven Wayne McDowell

On Saturday, August 26, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a welfare concern for 37 year old Crystal Seratte McDowell, of west Chambers County. 

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