jefferson county

Cody Melton

Accused kidnapper Cody Melton, 35, was indicted Sept. 16 on aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault family violence charges after the Beaumont man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend and abducted her 4-year-old child in Jefferson County on Aug. 25.

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Kenneth Wayne Banks Jr., Shawn David Dages Jr. and Clarence James Richard

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies arrested three men after they allegedly broke into the home of an elderly resident in the 1900 block of North China Road in China on Sept. 15, Assistant Chief Deputy Rod Carroll reports. Deputies also discovered weapons and drugs on the suspects during a search of the vehicle believed to have been used in the burglary.

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A motorcycle crash in Jefferson County claimed the life of a Houston man Sept. 13, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports.

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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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flames

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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