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A multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County sent three to the hospital the morning of Monday, June 4. 

Initial reports from the Texas Department of Safety indicate that a Toyota passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 followed by an Infinity SUV.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the Toyota struck a concrete barrier.  After striking the barrier, the vehicle traveled back into traffic and was struck by the Infinity.

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A multi-vehicle crash on FM 105 in Orange County claimed the life of Vivian Townsend Markle, 72, of Vidor, on Sunday, June 3. 

A Department of Public Safety press release reported that a 1996 Honda was traveling northbound on FM 105, while a 2008 Ford SUV was traveling southbound on FM 105.  As the driver of the Honda entered a curve, he traveled into the southbound lane and collided head-on with the Ford.

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Wednesday, May 30, at 8:27 p.m., Beaumont Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) were conducting a surveillance investigation in search of an 18 wheeler believed to be carrying a large amount of drug money to the Texas/Mexico border. They located the truck in Lafayette, Louisiana and followed it into Texas. With the assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont PD, Vidor PD, Port Arthur PD and Texas DPS, the truck was tracked into the Beaumont area and stopped on IH10 near the 848 mile marker.

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Police are searching for the suspect or suspects who vandalized a church in Orange, spraypainting the church building and a vehicle at a nearby residence with symbols often associated with Satanism, including an upside-down cross and "666."

According to the Orange Police Department (OPD), patrol officers responded to a report of criminal mischief on May 31 and determined one or more suspects spraypainted offensive symbols at St. Mary Catholic Church, 912 W. Cherry in Orange, and on the vehicle located on Ninth Street sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day. 

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The National Park Service will be hosting a family fishing event at the Lower Neches Valley Authority Neches River Saltwater Barrier in Beaumont, Texas in celebration of Free Fishing Day 2018 on Saturday, June 2. The event starts at 9 a.m. and will last until 1 p.m. According to the Park Rangers and TPWD Certified Angler Education Instructors will be in attendance to assist in education and instruction of basic fishing skills. Some fishing gears will be available to use, however participants can also bring their own equipment.

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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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