Newton County

A 22-year-old Newton man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales May 12.  

Michael Dwayne Byerly pleaded guilty to bank robbery on May 11 before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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State Highway 87 in Newton County was closed Wednesday, May 4, by an overturned log truck approximately two miles south of FM1416. The report came in at approximately 12:45 p.m. A 2011 Freightliner hauling timber near the community of Old Salem was traveling southbound on Highway 87.  The load shifted as the truck entered a curve, causing the vehicle to land on its side, with the load of timber spilling onto the roadway.

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A search for an Orange County man ended in tragedy when his body was discovered in south Newton County eight days after he was last seen, Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Criminal Investigator Janois Strause Grizzaffi reported in a news release April 22. 

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is searching for a man whose family reported him missing after finding his abandoned ATV alongside the road, reports Chief Deputy John Tarver. 

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Eastbound and westbound lanes of I-10 near the Texas-Louisiana that were closed due to flooding have reopened, Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Sarah Dupre announced in a news release March 18.

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Entergy Storm Ready

News release from Entergy Texas from March 14:

Last week’s rains have become this week’s floods and personnel with Entergy Texas, Inc. are hard at work to ensure evacuees and other Southeast Texans will have safe and reliable power as the event unfolds.

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Staci Robinson is furious. She is angry because, according to her, if the Newton County District Attorney’s Office has its way, the murder charges pending against the man she believes to be responsible for her sister’s death could soon be dropped.

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McGee Falcon

A search warrant executed in Newton County on Aug. 11 resulted in the discovery of powder and crack cocaine, methamphetamine and firearms, reports the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

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A Newton County motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Vidor man on July 31, reports the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to a news release from Trooper Stephanie Davis, at approximately 8:00 p.m. that evening, 37-year-old Henry McIntyre of Vidor was traveling westbound on FM 1004 on his 1996 Honda motorcycle. As the vehicle went into a curve on FM 1004 near CR 3089 in Newton County, McIntyre reportedly lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected. 

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Stevie Ray Hergert

An ATV accident in Newton County claimed the life of a Nederland teen on Aug. 1, reports the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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