Representatives of the Jefferson County Bar accept the Hankinson Award.

Bar associations from around the state, including The Jefferson County Bar Association, were honored for their commitment to access to justice issues during the State Bar of Texas 2017 Bar Leaders Conference July 28 and 29 in Houston.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, liaison to the Texas Access to Justice Commission, presented Pro Bono Service and Deborah G. Hankinson awards on behalf of the Commission on July 29 at the Westin Galleria.

Quincy Davis Jr.

Quincy Davis Jr. was just 10 years old when a car crash claimed his life prior to the end of the 2016-17 school year. According to reports at the time, the Beaumont ISD Pietzch-MacArthur Elementary School student was thrown from the back passenger seat of a vehicle driven by the boy’s mother when the car hit a utility pole in the South End of Beaumont just before 8 p.m. on May 16.

Layne Walker

 A judge accused of felonious acts while sitting on the bench is requesting through his legal counsel that they be afforded a chance to review what evidence was used by the state’s prosecutor to secure an indictment alleging criminal wrongdoing.

Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo’s baby sea lion has a name! The five-week-old male California sea lion has been named Max by two of the zoo’s donors. Jim and Beverly Postl won the honor of naming the pup at Zoo Ball, the zoo’s annual fundraising gala in April. The Postls are longtime Houston Zoo supporters, and Jim serves on the zoo’s board of directors.

Laura Laverna Stuermer

Laura Laverna Stuermer, 80, died July 28, 2017, following an extended illness.

Born Laura Laverna Lambert, she was the daughter of the Walter and Velma Lambert of Nederland, both deceased. A 1954 graduate of Nederland High School, she obtained a degree in pharmacy from University of Houston.


The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department graduated the 61st Texas game warden and state park police officer cadet class Aug. 1 at the Texas State Capitol. The class included 34 game wardens and seven state park police officers.

Following their seven month preparation at the TPWD Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly-commissioned state peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony that included a keynote speaker, oath of office and commissioning by senior-level department staff and TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith.


Pinehurst police are looking for a suspect wanted in an aggravated robbery that occurred at Carl’s Jr. restaurant located at 228 Strickland Drive on July 31 at 9:45 p.m., according to a release from Chief Fred Hanauer.

Therese Shearer

Therese Shearer, 43, of Beaumont died peacefully in her sleep July 30, 2017.

Therese was born July 30, 1974, to Rebecca Lynn Rabb and Smiley Shearer. She attended St. Anne Catholic School, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School and Central Senior High before attending Lamar Institute of Technology, where she studied instrumentation technology.

Brandon Keith Pratt

UPDATE: Beaumont Police have identified the homicide victim as Brandon Keith Pratt, a 32 year old Beaumont man. 

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A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Dustin Jermaine Bernard, 21, on allegations of forgery after it was reported that he used cinematic prop money to buy a used iPhone 7 Plus through the popular online marketplace app Let Go.

Beaumont police warned local businesses about customers attempting to make purchases using “movie money,” particularly $100 bills, as previously reported by The Examiner on Feb. 23.