Beaumont

Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Friday, May 4, that a Jefferson County jury found Sean Lavergne, 30, of Beaumont guilty of murder in the September 12, 2015, death of Reggie Jokodolo. The trial was conducted in the 252nd District Court.

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Spindletop Center was born when Beaumont State Center and Life Resource joined forces to become a community mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities center that provides services in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin and Chambers counties.

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The historic Jefferson Theatre has been a mecca of entertainment since its inception in 1927 when noted architect Emile Weil designed the building for Jefferson Amusement Company by the tune of $1 million.

The Jefferson has hosted all the stars who have come to Beaumont including James Stewart for the movie premier of It’s a Wonderful Life, along with director Frank Capra, in 1946.

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A dice game erupted into a shootout Thursday night, May 3. 

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District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that May 2 a Jefferson County Jury convicted Samad Sefiane, 52 of Beaumont, of aggravated assault and sentenced him to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for attacking his roommate with a splitting maul, an instrument used to split wood.

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Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham

Fines, forfeitures, pesky court dates for misdemeanor crimes and municipal tickets, permitting processes and police raids … all have failed to deter casino-style game room gambling sites from popping up all over Beaumont. But the fight is far from over, according to those tasked with upholding law and order, evidenced by a recent felony indictment for what typically carries misdemeanor charges.

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Before 7 a.m. Thursday morning, April 26, Beaumont police and emergency first responders were called to the Starbucks on Dowlen Road in Beaumont to investigate a suspicious package located at the coffee shop.
According to a report from the scene, a Starbucks employee found a letter reading “die USA” upon opening an unattended package left at the store earlier in the week. The package, which was sealed “Priority Mail” and left unopened inside the coffee shop for almost two days, reportedly contained other unidentified material as well.

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Pine Street from Marina Street to the IH-10 feeder road will be closed Thursday, April 26, to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to construction at the water plant.

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Beaumont Police responded to an attempted kidnapping of three children near the 2200 block of West Virginia Monday, April 23. 

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A Beaumont man riding a motorcycle died in a one-vehicle accident in Orange County on April 22.

At approximately 3 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Orange County.  The crash occurred near mile marker 870 and involved a motorcycle.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10.  For an unknown reason, the driver lost control and fell off the motorcycle.

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