jefferson county

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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On Jan. 31, at 10:39 p.m., Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam was a victim of a shooting in Houston, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff Zena Stephens and JCSA President “Ike” Eichelberger

Some schools call it “Project Graduation,” and at least one local school calls it “Project Celebration.” Whatever they may call it, public schools in Jefferson County are all preparing graduation-night festivities for student seniors, meant to reward long years of hard work and to keep the students safe on a night fraught with peril.

Jan. 12, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association (JCSA) donated $1,000 to each of several high schools for their graduation night events.

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