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A 24-year-old Mexico native was sentenced to prison in Jefferson County on Feb. 29 for the murder of 25-year-old Port Arthur resident Denzel Washington. Jose Julio Esquivel was sentenced to 40 years for Washington’s murder, 20 years for a separate aggravated assault and 20 years for burglary of a habitation, all to run concurrently.

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 Jefferson County Pct. 1 Constable Nick Saleme has resigned his elected position, turning in a letter of resignation to county officials Thursday, March 3.

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Disability

A woman crossing the street in her power wheelchair was critically injured March 3 after being struck by a vehicle near Central Mall in Port Arthur. 

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Police in Beaumont have released the identity of a woman found dead on the train tracks March 2.

The Beaumont Police Department reports officers responded to Broadway at First Street in reference to a deceased person at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night. When police arrived, they discovered a black female deceased on the railroad tracks. It was apparent to officers that the woman had been run over by a train. Investigators reportedly found no evidence of foul play.

The victim has been identified as Bertha Thomas, a 47-year-old Beaumont woman.

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Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting dangerous drug dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will periodically feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes here in High Five.

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Baby Faith’s father, Darrell Mason of Port Arthur

Darrell Mason of Port Arthur, the father of abused infant Faith Mason, received 25 years for injury to a child Feb. 29, after pleading guilty to the charge Jan. 15. Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens sentenced Mason to the maximum time allowed by a plea agreement the defendant made with prosecutors.

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Southeast Texas cities and the State of Texas are taking measures to prevent impaired driving and related traffic accidents during Spring Break as tens of thousands of high school and college students across the state are released from classes for the holiday.

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Primary elections are over, and the electorate has spoken. Approximately 29 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Jefferson County (42,141 of 144,998), effectively choosing who will represent their parties on Election Day in November — for the most part. Some races were too close to call a clear winner, so a few candidates will face opponents in runoff elections coming in May.

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Spindletop Center’s Employee Health & Fitness program is an exciting initiative started by the Center to get people active. With the help of onsite fitness trainers, the center is proud to offer a comprehensive range of free health and fitness opportunities to get their employees moving.  Some of the services offered include personal training, lunchtime fitness programs, weekly walking, running and biking events, nutrition talks, updated workout rooms and personalized meal planning.

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