jefferson county

Jefferson County Judge Raquel West of the 252nd Criminal District sentenced Preston Joseph Robertson of Orange to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division on Sept. 11.

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Emergency responders rescued two contract surveyors who got mired in a marsh while performing a job for the Navigation District on Wednesday, Sept. 2, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday, Sept. 3, that a jury of the Drug Impact Court found Elliott Oville Jr. guilty of cocaine possession.

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Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith

With winter breaks and sabbaticals just around the corner, Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith is reminding anyone looking to travel outside the U.S. to apply now for passports at the courthouse every day from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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As a result of the recent rain, effective Wednesday Aug. 19th at 2 p.m., Jefferson County lifted its burn ban. In a press release, the county asked residents to watch wind conditions while conducting outdoor burning and never leave an outdoor fire unattended. Also, when burning brush piles, make them into smaller, more manageable piles.

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Mark Hilton

In an attempt to arrest a wanted man who escaped from his custody, a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy suffered a broken arm.

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The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued an excessive heat warning for Southeast Texas, including Jefferson and Orange Counties. Temperatures could reach the triple digits this afternoon, Aug. 10, NWS reports, and the heat index could rise to 115 degrees.

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The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) has announced that Jefferson County is conducting a test of the functionality and accuracy of the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN) on Thursday, August 6, as a part of the region's hurricane and all hazards preparedness efforts.

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One-and-a-half-story home are valued at the same rate as a two-story.

A change in the formula used to determine home values in Jefferson County will cause more than 7,000 homeowners to see an increase in their estimated tax bills for the coming year, with some seeing a spike in their home’s value of 5 percent or more. The added value of the residences comes when one-and-a-half-story homes are valued at the same rate as two-story homes.

Jefferson County Appraisal District officials say the results of the change are negligible, but some homeowners disagree.

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Kenneth Semien Sr.

President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law July 26, 1990, and with its passage, discrimination against persons with disabilities was made criminal in hopes it would begin to diminish. Now, 25 years later, persons with disabilities, along with the rest of the nation, are celebrating the anniversary of that momentous occasion and a local fair is being held to raise awareness of ADA law.

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