Paying tribute to the fallen heroes whose sacrifices paved the way for America’s freedom and who have given their lives to protect this nation and its citizens is important to Southeast Texans as evidenced by the many Memorial Day community celebrations across the area commemorating those brave souls.


Derek Marshall

Derek Scott Marshall, a 46-year-old Beaumont man, was arrested by Beaumont Police Department after holding two Jack in the Box employees at gun point, the morning of Wednesday, June 20. 

Thomas Charles Jones (top) and Ashley Faye Alexander

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested two Vidor residents during a warrant arrest/meth bust June 15, reports Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi. 


The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will start enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. Periodic enforcement operations by DPS Troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several operations planned in June. According to a press release, one of those operations will take place in the Beaumont District throughout the day on Wednesday, June 20. The Department of Transportation will be participating in a non-enforcement capacity. 


A 36-year-old Mt. Vernon, Texas man, Charles Maull II, has been sentenced to prison for federal tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Maull, pleaded guilty on Feb. 21 to six counts of willfully aiding in the preparation and filing of a false income tax return and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.  Maull was also ordered to pay restitution of $674,730.68 to the Internal Revenue Service. 



SH 87 has since been reopened.

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A multi-vehicle crash occurred on SH 87 in Orange County near the Sabine River Authority offices the morning of Tuesday, June 19. 

Star of David

Sunday, June 17, 2018, Marilyn R. Berman Pollans of Bal Harbour, Florida, died. She was 82.

Born on May 14, 1936, she was the beloved wife of Albert Pollans and of the late Stanford W. Berman, devoted mother of Scott (Robyn) Berman, Marcy Berman and Brian (Marcia) Berman; beloved sister of the late Sandra Novick and Irene Levin; cherished grandmother of Hunter (Stephanie) Berman, Skyler Berman, Jacob (Genna) Berman, Rachel Berman and Danielle Berman.

Image from MODIS instrument on NASA Aqua satellite showing phytoplankton

A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team’s mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to study the life and death of the small organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in the ocean’s carbon cycle.

Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

The sweetest little Father’s Day present is here! Less than a year after Houston welcomed Asian elephant calf Joy, a new kid is on the block. June 17 at 2:38 a.m., 35-year-old Asian elephant Tess gave birth to a 345-pound female without complication, and the calf began learning how to nurse within the first few hours. The calf has been named Tilly by the team members who have dedicated their lives to the care, well-being, and conservation of these incredible animals.