jefferson county

Photo Courtesy of Texas Department of Public Safety

A tire blowout caused an 18-wheeler wreck on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County Sunday, May 6.

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District Attorney Bob Wortham has announced that May 2 a Jefferson County Jury convicted Samad Sefiane, 52 of Beaumont, of aggravated assault and sentenced him to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for attacking his roommate with a splitting maul, an instrument used to split wood.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday, April 27, 2018, that a grand jury issued indictments against three candidates from the 2016 Jefferson County sheriff’s race for criminal violations for fraud related to campaign contributions in the primary or general election.

A grand jury in Chambers County indicted 52-year-old Zena Collins Stephens on one count of tampering with a government record, a state jail felony, and two counts of accepting cash contributions exceeding $100, class A misdemeanors. Stephens was elected sheriff of Jefferson County in November 2016.

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Tyler Blaine Womack Nalah Felish Castillo

April 19, 2018 at approximately 2:30 a.m. the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force was conducting a surveillance on a subject who was selling narcotics. The vehicle was a white Chrysler 300 occupied by a white male identified as Tyler Blaine Womack and a white female passenger identified as Nalah Felish Castillo.

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A man once facing charges for allegedly holding a woman hostage, torturing her and raping her repeatedly for five weeks has now been indicted on first-degree felony charges amid accusations that he beat up a 21-year-old autistic man before attacking the victim with a sword.

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Photo by Kyle Swearingen

Over $4,000 was donated to Meals on Wheels by JK Subaru Wednesday, April 12 at Nutrition & Services for Seniors. 

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Christian David Rockwell

April 11, at 10:24 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received calls of a vehicle that drove off into the water on FM 365 near Hillebrandt Bayou. Callers said the driver exited the vehicle and ran across a field.

Deputies were dispatched to the area to look for him and recover the vehicle. Deputies searched the area while the vehicle was being pulled from the water. A check of the license plate indicated that it was stolen earlier that morning in Bridge City. Bridge City police advised that the suspect in the robbery was believed to be armed and dangerous.

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Two crash reconstructions will be conducted by The Texas Department of Public Safety on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County Thursday, April 12. 

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Judge Raquel West sentenced Kirt Vavasseur, 32, to 15 years in prison for committing second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor. Vavasseur was also sentenced concurrently to 10 years in the Institutional Division in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on three other charges of online solicitation related to the same investigation.

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On Monday, March 12, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will close the eastbound traffic lanes on SH 73, near Wilber Road, to reconstruct a fatal crash that occurred on Friday, according to DPS’ Sergeant Stephanie Davis.

All eastbound traffic lanes will be closed for approximately three hours with crash reconstruction beginning at 1 p.m., she advised.

“Motorists are urged to find an alternate travel route,” according to Davis. “Expect delays.”

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