jefferson county

The family of Orange resident Christie Lynn Combs, 44, is searching for her after not hearing from her several months, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says a chemical spill into Willow Marsh Bayou has been contained and that work to remove the solvent from the bayou is ongoing, and the area should be avoided during cleanup operations.

A resident on the west side of Beaumont reported a gas smell to Beaumont Fire-Rescue around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 23. A search traced the source back to the GE Betz facility.

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Police in Beaumont arrested a 51-year-old Beaumont man Sept. 20 when the man fled the scene of a traffic stop and then, once cornered, threatened officers with a grenade, reports Officer Haley Walters of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD). 

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Tom McDonnell with Spectra and Doug Thornton of SMG

“We’ve got to be more aggressive… to bring events in, and looking at new ways of generating that business,” SMG executive vice president Doug Thornton told Jefferson County Commissioners this week, explaining what the SMG management team would do differently if given yet another five years to oversee events at the publicly subsidized Ford Park Entertainment Complex, where it has been in charge for nearly 15 years operating at a roughly $2 million-a-year deficit.

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Saturday, Sept. 24, the Jefferson County District Clerk’s Office will be open for Passport Day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This is the first time that the District Clerk’s Office has opened on a weekend since the office started doing passports April 1, 2015, according to Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith. On Passport Day, customers can walk and in request routine or expedited service.

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District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that a jury of the 252nd District Court found Carey Dexter Booker guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

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Randall Walker

Monday, Sept. 12, Randall Errol Walker, 42, pleaded guilty in a Jefferson County court on allegations of impersonating a public servant, according to a statement from the district attorney. In exchange for his guilty plea, Walker received 10 years in prison. He had previously been convicted of similar charges in 2007 and 2011.

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Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect they say used a flare gun to rob a group of people at a local truck stop Sept. 9, reports the sheriff’s office.

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On Thursday, Sept. 8, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a reported of a motor vehicle crash on I-10 near Smith Road in Jefferson County.  The crash involved one vehicle which was a truck tractor semi-trailer.

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Allison Getz

Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector, was one of hundreds of county officials who gathered in Austin on Aug. 24-26 at the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) 2016 Legislative Conference to discuss the upcoming legislative session and the common concerns shared by Texas’ local governments and local taxpayers.

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