jefferson county

Jose Gracia

UPDATE:  John Christopher Ferguson turned himself in to FBI agents in Houston on Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016.

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If all the resources available to the U.S. Attorney’s Office were channeled to solely combat child exploitation, there still wouldn’t be enough manpower to adequately bring all the perpetrators to justice, according to Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Chief Alan Jackson. 

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Judy Nichols, vice chairman, and Dr. Garrett Peel, chairman

Beaumont’s Dr. Garrett Peel was named Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the next chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. Judy Nichols will serve as the vice chairman.

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David Carl Smith and attorney

A man originally charged with murder for the 2012 death of Vidor resident Amber Nicole Guillory and later extradited from the Netherlands pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Judge John Stevens Criminal District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12. David Carl Smith, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison relative to a plea agreement made with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office continue to uncover corrupt practices of certain City of Port Arthur employees, starting with city employee Shauwn Williams in December 2014, advancing with the arrest of municipal court clerk Sharon Shelvin for theft earlier this year, and now resulting in arrests of two city department supervisors, the latest on Jan. 5.

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District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that a jury of the Drug Impact Court has found Wallace Joseph Green guilty of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) in an amount of at least 1 gram and less than 4 grams. 

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Jefferson County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Angela Bellard

Attorneys battling increased home appraisals in Jefferson County will be in court Thursday, Jan.

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Jefferson County seal

The Jefferson County Commissioners Court held its last meeting on the fourth floor of the historic county courthouse Dec. 14 – at least the last meeting at that venue for quite some time as repairs are made to the landmark structure.

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The county courthouse, Parkdale Mall, Derek Poe and County Judge Jeff Branick

With new gun laws taking effect at the beginning of the year – just days away – businesses and governmental entities are preparing for how it will affect their operations. Multiple provisions activate Jan.

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21-year-old Kirk Jones of Port Arthur pled guilty to two counts of first degree aggravated robbery in the 252nd District Court, Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham announced today. At the time of the offense, Jones was on probation for a previous aggravated robbery.

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District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that a jury of the Drug Impact Court has found Anthony Joe Bendy guilty of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) in an amount of at least 1 gram and less than 4 grams.

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