Clay Thorp

Russel Ray Bergeaux

Russell Ray Bergeaux, 63, of Groves, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Aug. 11, 2011, for aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony.

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Lawrence James

A Humble man charged with murdering his aunt in Port Arthur is set to appear for trial later this month.

Lawrence James Jr., 44, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury May 17, 2012 for murder, a first-degree felony.

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Raquel West (center) and family

It was a late night Tuesday, March 4, for candidates running for county offices after ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries in Jefferson County had to be recounted, keeping many local politicians up past midnight while voting totals rolled in.

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Upon entering the Hotel Beaumont, the musty air and skilled architecture of the lobby give one the sense of an almost 100-year history not yet fully realized.

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John Michael Weatherly

The first trial of newly-appointed Judge Lindsey Scott’s 252nd Criminal District Court has ended in a conviction for a Port Arthur man charged with impersonating a firefighter during a robbery. 

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Aaron Wayne Cotton

A Houston man charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Kendra Crump at the Knight’s Inn in August 2013 has been arrested and is awaiting trial in the Jefferson County Jail.

Aaron Wayne Cotton, 28, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 19, 2013, for capital murder, a special degree felony.

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Langston Adams

With a vote from the Jefferson County’s Commissioner’s Court on Monday, Feb. 24, a Port Arthur lawyer and a personal family friend of Judge John Paul Davis was appointed the newest judge of County Court at Law No. 3.

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For the past nine years, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Prom Project has made dreams come true for hundreds of high-school-age foster kids in Southeast Texas who might otherwise never attend one of the most memorable nights of their lives.

And this year was no different. With at least 600 dresses, thousands in donations from area businesses and a small army of volunteers, this year’s Prom Project ensured area foster kids would have a prom night to remember.

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The legal acumen of a group of Jefferson County’s brightest future lawyers was on full display Saturday, Feb. 15, at the 35th annual Texas High School Mock Trial Competition.

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A trial date has been set for a Beaumont woman charged in the death of a woman as she rode her bicycle on MLK Parkway in Beaumont.

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