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District Court Judge Layne Walker

After ultimately heading the state’s investigation into four current and former officers of the Jefferson County Courthouse, special prosecutor/attorney pro tem Josh Schaffer is attempting to collect his fees. However, County Commissioners are refusing to pay the bill – with an attorney for the elected officials citing case law as to why the county has already overpaid for the work that’s been performed.

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Harbor Hospice Jasper facility under construction

Harbor Hospice is expanding its footprint to the Jasper area. The hospice care provider is building a new, 13,367 square-foot in-patient facility at 1440 FM 777 in Jasper.

According to Harbor Hospice, construction began in January 2017 and is expected to be completed this spring. The contractor for the job is BEGA Design + Construction out of Houston. According to the city of Jasper, the cost of the project is $600,000.

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Rep. Kevin Brady

Those who made unreimbursed hurricane-related repairs will be eligible for thousands of dollars more than usual in post-disaster tax breaks as the storm season comes to a close and tax season starts thanks to a bill signed into law shortly after multiple hurricanes struck the U.S. late in 2017. In addition, those using retirement plan savings to make repairs will also see a break when they report to the IRS, as will many who gave to hurricane relief charitable organizations.

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JCAD Chief Appraiser Angela Bellard

Southeast Texas streets lined with family heirlooms, belongings that took a lifetime to amass, objects once treasured now turned to trash with the torrential rainfall wrought by Hurricane Harvey, are now streets lined with homes that are worth only a fraction of what they were prior to the August storm. Still, unless homeowners report the damage to the proper appraisal district, home valuations used in calculating property taxes will not reflect the accurate value of the damaged property.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Jan. 11 that Vanessa Ann Davis, 56, was sentenced by Judge Raquel West to 18 years in Texas prison following trial in the 252nd District Court.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on July 5, 2015, Port Arthur Police, Fire, and EMS responded to reports of a major vehicle crash near the intersection of Gulfway Drive and 9th Avenue. A Buick Lesabre, driven by Vanessa Ann Davis, had flipped after hitting a brick flower bed and crashed into a light pole in a parking lot.

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Narcotics detectives with the Orange Police Department arrested a 63-year-old man after finding heroin and cocaine while executing a search warrant at his Barkins Avenure residence Jan. 11, reports Capt. Robert Enmon.

According to Enmon, the detectives made forced entry into the home in the 1300 block of Barkins at about 6 a.m. and found Knogs Wills. During the search of the residence, detectives reportedly discovered approximately 6.4 ounces of heroin and 5.7 ounces of cocaine.

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Nederland's 2018 Trash Bash is Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The city is encouraging both individuals and teams to join hands in cleaning Nederland's parks and neighborhoods.

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Lumberton Police warned residents on Facebook that three vehicles and "numerous" auto burglaries took place during the night of Jan. 8 to Jan. 9.

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Blake Everett Reed | Photo: Texas DPS

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Blake Everett Reed, 32, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture.

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Robert W. Brown

Robert W. Brown, 57, of Beaumont passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Scott Olive Baptist Church with burial at Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home. Visitation is noon – 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Funeral Home, and from 9 a.m. until time of the service at the church on Wednesday. His love and memories will remain in the hearts of his wife, Ann Young Brown; three sons: Robert C.

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