jefferson county

Traffic alert from the Texas Department of Transportation:

BEAUMONT – Alternating lane closures on US 69 northbound at Lucas with traffic possibly detoured to the frontage road Sunday night, March 6, 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Crews will be moving concrete traffic barrier.

ORANGE – The inside, westbound lane of Interstate 10 in Orange from Simmons Drive to Highway 87 will be closed nightly Saturday-Monday night, March 5-7, 7 p.m.-6 a.m. to work on the Highway 87 overpass.

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Deputy Rod Carroll announced March 3 that he is resigning from his position at the end of he year after a disappointing finish in the primary election for Jefferson County Sheriff. 

On a Facebook post, Carroll thanked his supporters and friends for their efforts during his campaign for sheriff, and said he is unsure about what the future holds. 

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 Jefferson County Pct. 1 Constable Nick Saleme has resigned his elected position, turning in a letter of resignation to county officials Thursday, March 3.

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A 24-year-old Mexico native was sentenced to prison in Jefferson County Feb. 29 for the murder of 25-year-old Port Arthur resident Denzel Washington. Jose Julio Esquivel was sentenced to 40 years for Washington’s murder, 20 years for a separate aggravated assault and 20 years for burglary of a habitation to run concurrently.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Democratic candidate Zena Stephens surveys the damage

Jefferson County Sheriff Democratic candidate Zena Stephens said she is thankful no one was hurt when a white man in a white SUV yelling racial slurs took aim at her campaign headquarters Monday evening, Feb. 29.

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Citizens who witnessed a deputy pursuing a suspects attempting to flee the scene of an accident subsequent to a car chase in Jefferson County assisted the officer in detaining one of the men over the weekend, on Feb. 28.

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A Beaumont man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of FM 365 and Hillebrandt Road in Jefferson County at about 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 27 when he a truck towing an occupied horse trailer, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported in a news release.

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A registered sex offender fleeing a local campus after being caught trespassing led a deputy constable and sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase across county lines Feb. 19, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Marcus McLellan reported in a news release. 

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William Blankenship

A 13-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated after reportedly driving his vehicle into a ditch in Nederland on Feb. 7, the sheriff's office confirmed in a news release.

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Dennis Booker, 22, was convicted of murder in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd Criminal District Court on Wednesday, Feb. 3, after a short trial where witnesses say he initiated a physical confrontation with his then-girlfriend Amira Johnson before stabbing Johnson’s cousin, Xavier Cane, ultimately causing his death.

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