jefferson county

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force arrested a Beaumont man on gun and drug charges after reportedly finding more thatn 9 ounces of methamphetamine, a small amount of maijuana and multiple firearms, reports Captain Crystal Holmes.

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A Beaumont woman was indicted for deadly conduct by a Jefferson County grand jury March 8 for allegedly firing a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson multiple times toward her ex-husband who, she told an officer, had "screwed her out of so much," according to a probable cause affidavit for her arrest. Lois Gayle Fontenot, 65, faces third-degree felony charges for the Feb. 7 incident, which she reportedly called "a crazy moment."

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Update: At 5:45 p.m. The Texas Department of Public Safety announced that they have identified the deceased victim involved in the motor vehicle crash that occurred earlier on West Port Arthur Road as 49-year-old Martha Dianne Katan of Port Arthur.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens

“I didn’t make history; this community made history,” Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens said of her historic bid for the elected office this past November 2016. The monumental election, which also saw a Republican come out victorious as the nominee for president from the typically Democratic-leaning Jefferson County, secured the veteran law enforcer’s designation as the first black woman to hold the post in the state – only the second black woman to be county sheriff in the country.

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Three drug-related convictions in Jefferson County and Hardin County were handed down this week.

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Johnny Ray Martin

Jefferson County Fugitive Recovery deputies arrested Johnny Ray Martin, 44, at his residence at Feb. 13.

A Jefferson County warrant was issued for engaging in organized criminal activity with a bond of $100,000 after Beaumont Police filed charges against Martin on Feb. 10, BPD Officer Carol Riley said in a release.

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David Barona (left) and Ivan Link

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested two men and seized approximately six kilos of cocaine during a traffic stop Feb. 7, Deputy Marcus McLellan reports. 

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Joal Morgan Riley

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Joal Morgan Riley, 47, for aggravated assault upon a public servant, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office announced Feb. 8.

Riley’s indictment stems from an altercation Dec. 22. Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) reported a 911 call at 6:33 p.m. stating that an officer was being assaulted at Willow Lakes Apartments.

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Southeast Texans should be on the alert for missing mail. 

Mail theft associated with one or more counterfeit check-cashing rings is on the rise in the area, according to officers from three local law enforcement entities. The thieves are apparently rifling through people’s mail, stealing checks, banking information and, ultimately, identities.

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Police in Vidor have made multiple arrests for forgery recently. William Grubbs, 45, of Orange was arrested Feb.

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