Newton County

FM 363 at Big Cow Creek is closed due to water over the road, TxDOT Sarah Dupre reported on April 4 at 8:19 a.m.

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On Feb. 11 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a one vehicle crash on Highway 87 in Newton County, TxDPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release. The crash occurred just south of Bleakwood.

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The Quicksand Creek Bridge on FM 2626 in Newton County opened Feb. 10 after being replaced due to damage from flooding in March 2016, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre said in a release.

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The Texas Rangers are investigating an officer involved shooting in Newton County, TxDPS PIO Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported Jan. 27.

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Synthetic marijuana

Known on the street at K-2, spice, fake, fake bake, woo, Kush and a variety of other names, synthetic marijuana continues to plague Southeast Texas. Law enforcement officers believe the chemical compounds contained within the dangerous products, used by manufacturers to mimic the high produced by marijuana, are responsible for three recent deaths in the area.

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UPDATE 12/19 at 1:33 p.m.: The Texas Department of Public Safety can confirm that Linda Harrison, 65, of Hemphill, has died from injuries sustained in the one vehicle crash that occurred yesterday on Highway 87 in Newton.

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One young woman died Sunday, Dec. 4 after a head on collision in Newton County, DPS PIO Stephanie Davis said in a release. Taylor Nicole Luther, 18, of Orange, was transported to St. Elizabeth's hospital by ambulance, but she did not survive her injuries.

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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, around 7 p.m., the driver of a 2010 Buick passenger vehicle evaded state troopers after being stopped for a speeding violation on US 96 in Jasper County.

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Derik Dewayne Claxton (Facebook.com)

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating a one-vehicle crash in Newton County that claimed the life of 31-year-old Kirbyville resident Derik Dewayne Claxton, reports Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

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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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