News

Sheriff Keith Merritt (seated) and deputy sheriffs with the OCSO

The news at the Orange County Commissioners Court regular meeting was that there would be no changes for certificate pay to the Orange County’s Sheriff’s Office Employees Union — for now.

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60 percent of total alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Texas in 2016 involved young drivers between 17 and 34 years of age, TxDOT said in a release.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement March 30 following the passage of Senate Bill 28 - the Texas Port Expansion Act, by Senator Brandon Creighton, (R - Conroe). The bill passed with a unanimous vote.

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Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick

Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2017 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Spokane, Wash., and this year’s recipient in the local/private citizen category is Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick.

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Felicia Adele Broussard

A Jefferson County Grand Jury indicted a Nederland woman on three counts of forgery for allegedly altering and cashing 17 checks from her former employer’s personal bank account, totaling more than $22,000, at a convenience store.

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The new cracker will be built alongside Total’s Port Arthur refinery.

Total announced Monday, March 27, that the company is entering into a partnership with Borealis and Nova to form a joint venture with the aim of building an ethane steam cracker at the Port Arthur facility and a new Borstar polyethylene unit in Bayport.

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A West Orange elementary school teacher has been placed on leave after allegedly duct taping a first-grade student to the chair before spring break. According to reports, the allegation was not made known to officials until the week of March 27.

West Orange-Cove CISD spokesperson Lorraine Shannon issued a statement on behalf of the district confirming an educator is on leave pending investigation but stated that procedure would not allow for the release of much information at this point.

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A former U.S. Congressman and one of his associates were indicted March 28 for their roles in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations. Some of the funds were used to illegally finance the politician’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his personal expenses and those of his associates. Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.

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Come Monday, April 3, the Ford Park Entertainment Complex will be under new management, according to contract amendments filed in Jefferson County Commissioners Court on Monday, March 27. The original terms during contract negotiations would have meant new venue management provider Spectra taking over the helm of Ford Park on March 31, but an extension was necessary pursuant to an agreement to give certain notice to outgoing management company SMG.

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Three Mid-County men have been indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury in separate cases on charges ranging from physical to sexual violence against children and, in one of the cases, against an intellectually challenged 20-year-old.

Charles Orlando Betancourt, 31, of Port Neches was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child March 29 stemming from accusations he sexually assaulted his 3-year-old daughter on multiple occasions.

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