jefferson county

With help from K-9 Gus, police tracked down and arrested two men Jan. 16 after the pair allegedly fled the scene following an aggravated robbery at the Heritage Inn, 2850 I-10 East in Beaumont.

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Ford Pavillion

Jefferson County commissioners and County Judge Jeff Branick are hoping to shave some utility costs off the budget by making energy efficient changes to county buildings where possible. The largest, and least intrusive, means of energy cost-savings, commissioners agree, will come in the form of upgrading light bulbs in many of the county’s facilities to LED (light emitting diodes) over traditional fluorescent bulbs.

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“I mean, how many school shootings have there been in the nation?”

Melinda Walker, a science teacher at Hamshire-Fannett Middle School, posed that question during a training course. The answer to her question may shock you.

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Officers with the Beaumont Police Department Criminal Interdiction Unit discovered 71 bottles of the dangerous drug Promethazine during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 Jan. 5, reports Officer Haley Morrow. 

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As 2016 comes to a close, Jefferson County has yet to ink a deal with a new management firm to oversee the Ford Park Entertainment Complex. After months of negotiation, a contract to secure the services of a management firm for the publicly subsidized entertainment complex is held up as lawyers review the proposition on the table, according to county purchasing agent Deborah Clark.

Under the tenure of SMG, Ford Park has run at a nearly $2 million annual deficit – a deficit charged to taxpayers of Jefferson County.

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A toxic national trend of pharmaceutical drug abuse is leaving a wide swath of death in its wake, and Southeast Texas is no exception, according to authorities.

“Oh, it’s here,” Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office investigator Marcelo Molfino told The Examiner. “Interstate 10 is a pipeline for drugs.”

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On Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 8:55 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a one vehicle crash on East Hamshire Road in Jefferson County.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2001 Ford pickup truck was traveling eastbound on East Hamshire Road when the driver suffered a heart attack and drove off the roadway. The vehicle continued off the road and struck a utility pole.

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Robert Johnson Jr.

Jefferson County prosecutor Tom Kelley said he was pleased with a jury’s decision to mete out swift justice in a case that afforded a decade behind bars for a Beaumont man who entered a former acquaintance’s home and tried to sexually assault the woman in front of her small child.

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Forensics experts are examining bones in an attempt to identify human remains discovered by a Jefferson County landowner over the weekend, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO). 

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A truck drove into a canal on Turner Road in Jefferson County on Wednesday, Dec. 7 around 8:15 p.m., DPS PIO Stephanie Davis said in a release.

The "1997 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound on Turner Road" when the driver left the roadway, Davis said, but "the occupants were able to safely get out of the submerged vehicle."

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