Jasper County

Sheriff Mitchel Newman

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman's report, Dec. 22:

"Our stores are seeing an increase in shoplifting and to our surprise as to what some people will do.  It makes you wonder why they don’t just get a job and earn some money.

Suspects, victim's truck, current suspected vehicle

Two suspects believed by sheriff's investigators to be responsible for the murder of 85-year-old Herbert Deaton of Jasper County are still at large and on the run but are no longer using the victim's truck, which was recovered in Abilene, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office reports.


Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are investigating a fatal accident involving an SUV and an 18-wheeler that occurred in Hardin County on Highway 96 near the Hardin-Jasper county line on Dec. 14 at about 6 p.m.

Shane Hadnot (left) and Alfred Wright

A 28-year-old Jasper man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales has announced.

Shane Dwayne Hadnot pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Wendall Shane Nichols (left) and Dalton Lee Foster

A Department of Public Safety trooper tracked down and arrested two would-be metal thieves, who were attempting to steal from an oilfield site in Jasper County, in Orange County, reports the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Alfred Wright: Photo courtesy of Facebook

After a family search party found the body of a missing Jasper man, police say official autopsy results won’t be in for another four to six weeks — results that would clearly determine the man’s cause of death.