News

A longtime Southeast Texas attorney was found dead inside her home on Labor Day, Sept. 3, reports Vidor Police Department (VPD) Chief Rod Carroll.

Karla Rogers, 64, of Vidor, was discovered deceased by her son, who came to check on her after a friend told him she had not been heard from in about two weeks. Upon opening the front door of the house, her son suspected she was deceased due to a distinct odor. He contacted police, who found that Rogers had been dead for days. The cause of death was unknown at the time of this report. 

shadow

A car seat checkup event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 228 Country Lane Drive, FM 421 in Lumberton. 

This is the first annual Car Seat Checkup Event to be held by the Lumberton Fire Department in accordance with the Hardin County Rotary Club, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

shadow

The morning of Sept. 3, just before 6 a.m., Beaumont Fire and Beaumont Police responded to a person in distress at 4th and Crockett. Upon arrival, crew discovered a vehicle in the flooded underpass with a person inside. Through quick actions of both agencies, the occupant was rescued just prior to vehicle submerging. The occupant sustained minor injuries and was released.

-Beaumont Fire Rescue

shadow
Alfred Marqueal Smith

Alfred Marqueal Smith, a 42-year-old Beaumont man, was arrested on two counts of sexual assault after Beaumont Police Officers responded to the 6300 block of Chinn Lane in reference to two girls that had been kidnapped Monday, September 3, at 2:23 a.m.

shadow

Police in Port Arthur are investigating a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian in critical condition at a local hospital, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

shadow

Four people are dead and another seriously injured following a Sept. 3 wreck in Tyler County involving two pickup trucks, one of which was towing an RV, reports Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

shadow

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has identified the victim of a an auto-pedestrian crash that occurred Aug. 30 in Orange County as a missing person, according to Sgt. Stephanie Davis. 

DPS originally received the report of the auto-pedestrian accident at about 2 a.m. the day of the crash. The crash occurred around 3 miles west of Vidor, near mile marker 858.

shadow

UPDATE: Victim identified, suspect found

Beaumont Police Traffic investigators identified the victim as Reginald Allen Osborne, a 46-year-old Vidor resident. Investigators were initially searching for the driver involved in the crash but have since identified the person. Charges are pending. 

-----------

shadow

With a violent rash of convenience store robberies plaguing Beaumont, business reps like Exxpress Mart/ Tri-Con operations manager Ron Nicklas say it’s imperative to the community’s safety that the bad actors committing these crimes be weeded out of the crowd.

“Our point of view is pretty straight forward,” Nicklas said. “It’s not like Beaumont is some sort of crime-ridden city. It’s not like there’s bands of thieves going from store to store stealing…”

shadow

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is reminding owners how to prepare livestock before the storm. When you know there is a storm coming, it's best to prepare everything you possibly can to reduce the chance of injury to your livestock or pets. Here are some storm safety tips you can follow to prepare for a thunderstorm, tropical storm or other severe weather during and after: 

shadow