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Benny Nettles

57-year-old Benny Nettles was pronounced deceased after a traffic crash, Wednesday, May 30. Officer Haley Morrow reported that a preliminary investigation showed that Nettles was travelling North bound in the 5300 block of Pine St. in a red Chevy Cavalier when he lost control of the vehicle in the curve and struck a tree before coming to rest on it’s top. 

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Image courtesy of TxDOT

According to a press release form Texas Department of Transportation; I10 westbound will be detoured to SH124 Wednesday, May 30 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., due to construction to the Brush Island overpass. I10 eastbound will be detoured to SH124 Thursday night, May 31 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.     

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With the warmer months approaching also comes Vibrio to the Gulf. According to a press release, Vibrio is a rare disease caused by flesh-eating bacteria that resides in warm, brackish water (water that contains both river water and seawater) in the Gulf of Mexico and estuaries along the coast of the United States. The bacterium uses raw seafood, including uncooked oysters, from brackish water and open wounds that are exposed to brackish water to invade people’s bodies.

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Darrel Jerome Durousseau

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced May 25 that Darrel Jerome Durousseau, 30, was sentenced by a Jefferson County jury to 18 years in Texas prison following his conviction in Drug Impact Court.  Prosecutors Robert Scott and Luke Nichols presented the case.

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Jefferson County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Beaumont was in the process of being evacuated Tuesday morning, May 29, at 9:30 a.m. due to a phoned-in bomb threat, according to employees of the state offices housed in the building. 

 

UPDATE: Doors to the Jefferson County Courthouse were open at 11 a.m., following an early-morning evacuation ordered when a phone caller dialed 9-1-1 to tell police a bomb was in the building. 

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Megan Gail Freeman, 56, of Vidor | Facebook.com photo

At approximately 5:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers received a report of an auto-pedestrian crash near the intersection of FM 105 and West Circle Road in Vidor.

Initial reports indicate that a 2015 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on FM 105.  A pedestrian was walking in the middle of the roadway and walked into the path of the Ford.

The pedestrian, Megan Gail Freeman, 56, of Vidor, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Joe Brown announced Friday, May 25, that 40-year-old Jonathan Torres has been arrested in connection to two verified explosive devices left at locations in Beaumont’s West End as well as taunting police with correspondence such as a postcard reading, "Would you like to play a game?"

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Two Beaumont residents have been charged with the May 9 murder of Michael Odell Legg at 8136 Beauxart Garden Road in Nederland, Nederland police announced May 24.

The Nederland Police Department (NPD), with assistance from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Beaumont Police Department, have filed Capital Murder charges on 24-year-old Ashlie Cherie Martinez and 23-year-old Duane Lamonte Owens Jr. for the murder of Michael Odell Legg. Both Martinez and Owens are residents of Beaumont. 

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Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee

At approximately 4:15 a.m., according to Sgt. Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Hardin County, approximately 5 miles north of Silsbee.

Davis says preliminary information available indicates that that a Mack garbage truck was traveling northbound on US 96 when it was rear-ended by a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro operated by 25-year-old Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee.

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James Westbrook of Atlanta, Georgia

UPDATE: May 24 around 3 p.m. deputies arrested and transported 35-year-old James Westbrook of Atlanta, Georgia, to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Westbrook is being charged with evading and felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle. Westbrook was caught on a residential security camera in Chambers County approximately 30 minutes prior to fleeing from JCSO Deputies. Items found in the bed of the truck are being checked as a possibility that they were stolen.

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