Jasper

Police say an autopsy report recently released revealed that an inmate found dead in a cell at the Jasper City Jail on Jan. 30 died of a drug overdose.

According to a news release from the Jasper Police Department (JPD), a coroner deemed the death accidental and the autopsy report from the Jefferson County medical examiner’s office indicates 28-year-old Steven Mitchell Qualls’ died as the result of methamphetamine/amphetamine toxicity.

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Officers with the Jasper Police Department, along with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Kirbyville Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, are investigating an apparently bogus bomb threat called into Parnell Elementary School on Feb. 8 and have identified a juvenile suspect in the threat, reports the department.

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Police in Jasper arrested a 26-year-old man for first-degree felony arson June 4 after they say he intentionally set fire to the residence he shared with his grandmother, who, at the time of this report, remained in critical condition at UTMB Galveston due to smoke inhalation. 

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Jasper cash and drugs

The Jasper Police Department SWAT Team and Narcotics Division officers found a large stash of cash and marijuana as well as other drug paraphernalia while executing a search warrant a Jasper residence May 11, reports Lt. G.W. Foster.

According to Foster, officers executed the search warrant as part of an onging narcotics investigation. They went to the house in the 900 block of College Street in Jasper in the early morning hours and found 35-year-old Jimmie McBride inside the home, which Foster said is "steps away from the Jasper Middle School property."

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Police are investigating a major accident in Orange that involved two trucks and a tractor trailer and sent two people to the hospital with injuries. 

Capt. Charlie Stephenson reports that Orange Police Department officers responded to a three-vehicle accident in the 8600 block of North Highway 87 at 11:53 a.m. March 19. The accident is still under investigation and police have not released details of the wreck.

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During the early morning hours of Feb. 27, the Jasper Police Department Narcotics Division and Jasper Police Department SWAT Team executed a narcotics search warrant at 510 Shady Lane, lot B-1, in the city limits of Jasper. The warrant was issued as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Jasper PD Narcotics Division.

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On Jan. 23, at about 6:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US 96 in Jasper County, about three miles North of Jasper, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

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A Jasper resident is behind bars on drug and weapons charges after detectives investigating reports of narcotics distribution searched his house and discovered several illegal drugs, money and at least one firearm in the convicted felon’s possession, reports Lt. G.W. Foster of the Jasper Police Department.

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Two Jasper men were arrested on drug charges early Nov. 21 after the Jasper Police Department SWAT Team executed a narcotics search warrant on a residence in the 2400 block of Wheeler Street, reports Lt. G.W. Foster of the Criminal Investigations Division.

According to Jasper PD, the search warrant was issued as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Jasper PD Narcotics Division and yielded drug paraphernalia, items used in the packaging and distribution of narcotics, and cocaine.

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Two Jasper men were arrested on drug charges early Nov. 21 after the Jasper Police Department SWAT Team executed a narcotics search warrant on a residence in the 2400 block of Wheeler Street, reports Lt. G.W. Foster of the Criminal Investigations Division.

According to Jasper PD, the search warrant was issued as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Jasper PD Narcotics Division and yielded drug paraphernalia, items used in the packaging and distribution of narcotics, and cocaine.

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