Hardin County

Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee

At approximately 4:15 a.m., according to Sgt. Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Hardin County, approximately 5 miles north of Silsbee.

Davis says preliminary information available indicates that that a Mack garbage truck was traveling northbound on US 96 when it was rear-ended by a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro operated by 25-year-old Justin Dwayne Smith of Silsbee.

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) authorized more than $27.7 million in flood mitigation assistance grants, including $4,108,561 for elevation projects in Bevil Oaks. That’s more money than was devoted to any other single project.

The city of Orange will receive $244,696 for acquisition projects, and Hardin County will get $2,721,501.96 for acquisition projects.


A motorcycle crash on US 96 in Hardin County, three miles south of Silsbee, claimed the life of a Louisiana woman on Saturday, May 12, reports Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

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A motorcyclist died Friday, April 27, when he rear-ended a truck that was slowing to turn on Highway 105 in Hardin County.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to the multiple vehicle crash on SH 105 in Hardin County at approximately 4:15p.m.  The crash occurred about two miles east of Sour Lake.

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A fatal car crash claimed the life of a 23-year-old Buna man April 22, reports the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Troopers responded to a multiple-vehicle crash on US 96 in Hardin County at approximately 9:45 p.m., , approximately one mile north of Silsbee.

Initial reports indicate that a 2011 Ford Mustang was traveling northbound in the inside traffic lane of US 96.  A 2007 Toyota SUV was traveling south in the northbound traffic lane of US 96 and collided head-on with the Ford.

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Over $4,000 was donated to Meals on Wheels by JK Subaru Wednesday, April 12 at Nutrition & Services for Seniors. 


On Jan. 12, detectives responded to a deadly conduct call in the 2600 block of 9th Street, according to the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

While PAPD was on scene, shots were fired, and a short time after the shots were heard, PAPD received a description of the suspect vehicle, PAPD spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release.


UPDATE (9/18): The fatal crash that occurred on Sept. 17 on TX 12 in Orange County has claimed the life of a second person. The passenger on the Yamaha motorcycle, 24-year-old Chelsea Miller of Buna, died late Sunday night from injuries sustained in the two vehicle crash. Initially, Miller was flown to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries. This crash remains under investigation.

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Donavin Michael Cantwell
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Hardin County Jail escapee Donavin Michael Cantwell has been captured in Harris County, near Channelview, Sheriff Mark Davis said in a release Aug. 17.

Donavin Michael Cantwell and Kala Renay Kinsey

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an escape that occurred at the Hardin County Jail.

Donavin Michael Cantwell, 28, was charged with the felony offenses of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading detention and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

He is described as white male, 5-11 and weighing 160 pounds, with very short brown hair, blue eyes and a heavy, short heard.

June 22 at about 5 a.m., Cantwell was able to move past guards and exit the jail during the morning feeding activity. Video surveillance captured the event.