jefferson county

The Jefferson County Go Texan Committee, a subcommittee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, will announced its annual scholarship recipients Tuesday night at Courville’s in Beaumont. Rebekah Maxwell, Reaud Honors College Coordinator at Lamar University, was the featured speaker.

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An immate at the Jefferson County Jail died in custody, reports Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Captain Crystal Holmes, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine what caused the 70-year-old man's death. 

In a news release, Capt. Holmes indicated that an inmate in the medical infirmary reported that his bunk mate was unresponsive at about 6:30 a.m. June 4. Jail staff immediately began CPR and notified EMS. They continued CPR until EMS arrived and took over. The inmate was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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While following up on complaints from neighbors, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Officers executing a search warrant at the Hillcrest Apartment in Nederland discovered large amounts of hydrocodone and synthetic marijuana, along with more than $13,000 in currency and multiple weapons, reports Captain Crystal Holems.

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On May 23, at about 11 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a one vehicle crash on I-10 in Jefferson County, about ten miles west of Beaumont, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release. 

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State District Judge Larry Gist of the Drug Impact Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced John Toran, 40, to 25 years in prison on May 22, announced Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham.

Information presented in court indicates that on April 5, 2016, Beaumont Police Officers R. Dommert and C. Wier were conducting a routine traffic stop in Beaumont. John Toran, the defendant, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Pursuant to a consensual search of the vehicle, the officers discovered 34 grams of concealed cocaine. 

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Jerry McDaniel, Eric Hernandez and Anthony M. Gants

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The AARP Chapter 923 of Jefferson County and West Tabernacle Baptist Church are partnering to hold a free health fair and family fun day on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Byron Bush

UPDATE: State District Judge Larry Gist of the Drug Impact Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict of guilty Friday, May 12, 2017, and sentenced Byron E. Bush, 37, to 40 years in prison, announced Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham.

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The rebuilding of storm-battered sand dunes and the revitalization of essential marshes is currently underway at McFaddin Beach, and project leaders recently received a necessary grant extension so they can hold onto federal funds earmarked for the coastal restoration project.

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Marcus McLellan reports deputies in the department are investigating an apparent self-inflicted shooting that occurred May 4.

According to McLellan, JCSO responded to a call of a self-inflicted gunshot at 3410 North Twin City Hwy. in Nederland. Upon arrival, deputies found a male subject on the floor of the residence with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound. The male subject was transported by Acadian EMS to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont where he remains in critical condition. 

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