Beaumont

According to information from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, on Monday, Nov. 6, 30-year-old Arthur Ray Rogers Jr. pleaded guilty to murdering 31-year-old Joshua Jerome Green on May 11, 2015. This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mike Laird. Rogers has not yet been sentenced for the crime, but he is awaiting his fate while in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail, where he has been held since Aug. 15.

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Charles Henry Hawkins

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Nov. 3 that a jury has found Charles Henry Hawkins, 57, guilty of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. The jury assessed Hawkins’ punishment at 10 years confinement in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a $10,000 fine. Hawkins was formally sentenced by Judge Raquel West.

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A 67-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston Nov. 2.

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Troy James Allison | Photo: DPS
Troy James Allison | Photo: Texas Department of Criminal Justice

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has issued a warrant for the arrest of a sex offender who has lived in Beaumont and Lufkin, the department said in a release.

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A 21-year-old Houston woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Oct. 19.

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Vidor debris

Driving down the interstate through Southeast Texas, travelers may not even realize that only two months ago Hurricane Harvey stopped here and stayed a while, dropping trillions of gallons of rain onto the region and inundating the area. In fact, the freeway itself is relatively clear of debris or other evidence of the massive destruction caused by the storm’s torrential downpour.

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I’ve put the dates of Nov. 3-5 on my calendar and maybe you should too. The Golden Triangle Rose Society (GTRS) of the American Rose Society is hosting the 2017 Convention and Rose Show right here in Beaumont. Rose loving folks from all over Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana will be at the welcome reception that kicks off the convention at Tyrrell Park Garden Center Building on Friday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m.

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Starr

This is Starr, a cute female spaniel mix who weighs about 20 pounds.  Starr is about 1 1/2.   She seems lonely and uncertain about people, and doesn’t understand a kind voice or loving hand. Starr needs an owner who will be patient, nurturing and understanding. An experienced owner who has worked with animals who have fear would be ideal. Starr would not do well in a home with children. She is a dog that needs love. Will YOU give her that chance?

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Adam Jack, TxDOT director of Transportation Planning and Development

Texas Department of Transportation staff spoke at Beaumont City Council on Oct. 17 to update city leaders on the progress of widening projects totaling $650 million, including the ongoing Neches River Bridge construction.

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Nikki Jones

Former Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Sabine Neches Region executive director Elena Nicole “Nikki” Jones was indicted by a grand jury in Orange County on felony theft charges Oct. 12 related to more than $10,000 in unauthorized credit card charges she is alleged to have made under the nonprofit’s name.

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