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Raymond Patrick Johnson, a City of Port Arthur Water Department employee assigned to the Water Distribution Department, was formally charged by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office with one third-degree felony count of theft of metal by a public servant and subsequently arrested March 18.

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Methamphetamine

A "routine traffic stop" ended with the seizure of approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine in Jasper County on March 17, reports the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

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In a statement, Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Sarah Dupre warned motorists that I-10 would remained closed indefinitely subsequent to recent flooding until repairs have been made to the roadway.

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A woman who admitted being high on "Woo," which police identified as a synthetic marijuana blend, and her male companion were arrested after allegedly arguing in the open street during the mandatory evacuation in east Orange on March 17, reports Officer Stephen Ward of the Orange Police Department.

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Police report that a burglary suspect attempting to break into a house in Orange was at the hospital receiving medical treatment March 15 after the homeowner of the residence fought back against the imprudent intruder. 

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A pedestrian walking along Martin Luther King Drive in Beaumont March 17 was seriously injured as the result of being struck by a car, the Beaumont Police Department reported in a news release. 

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CommunityBank building with CommunityBank and Red Cross logos

CommunityBank of Texas is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help those who have been forced from their homes by floodwaters. Beginning Monday, March 21, CommunityBank of Texas customers and community members can leave donations at any Southeast Texas banking center, and the donations will go directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in surrounding communities.

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A police K-9 unit tracked a suspect fleeing police during a traffic stop on March 18, but not before the teen allegedly fired a shot toward pursuing officers, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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The mandatory evacuation order for the City of Pinehurst due to flooding has been lifted effective Friday, March 18, at 9:00 a.m., Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer announced in a news release.

According to Hanauer, Adams Bayou has ceased rising, and no significant threats exist to homes or businesses at this time. All residents who evacuated can return home and businesses may resume normal operation. This order only applies to the City of Pinehurst and not surrounding jurisdictions under a similar order. 

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Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods swore in six new deputies and promoted a veteran peace officer during a ceremony at the Jefferson County Jail on March 10.

Trent Ikner, Derrick Hill, Lester Reeves, Kenneth Harrell, Lim Nguyen and Todd Guidry were sworn in Thursday morning. Five of the new deputies serve as corrections officers at the jail, and one is a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s office. All now hold the title deputy sheriff.

Before the swearing-in, Sheriff Woods recognized the officers’ efforts to achieve their new rank.

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