Southeast Texas

A longtime Southeast Texas attorney was found dead inside her home on Labor Day, Sept. 3, reports Vidor Police Department (VPD) Chief Rod Carroll.

Karla Rogers, 64, of Vidor, was discovered deceased by her son, who came to check on her after a friend told him she had not been heard from in about two weeks. Upon opening the front door of the house, her son suspected she was deceased due to a distinct odor. He contacted police, who found that Rogers had been dead for days. The cause of death was unknown at the time of this report. 

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Abel and Monica Sanchez

Kona Ice, a mobile shaved ice truck that serves customers at events as well as on route throughout the week, is now coming to west Beaumont. This shaved ice franchise comes to Southeast Texas thanks to local residents Monica and Abel Sanchez. 

Kona Ice features 10 flavors in their self-serve interactive dispenser, as as well as more than 20 additional flavors. The shaved ice truck brand is known to host events that give percentages of proceeds to philanthropic causes, which the couple plans to continue. 

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action Day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Friday, August 3.

Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area on Friday. Local residents can help prevent ozone pollution by sharing a ride, walking or riding a bicycle, taking lunch to work, avoiding drive-through lanes, conserving energy and keeping vehicles properly tuned.

 

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A 75-year-old man who pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 500 people during his time as a fugitive from justice was sentenced May 4 to 40 years in prison for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the statutory maximum and his second federal sentence related to some of the scammer's incessant schemes. Harris Dempsey aka “Butch” Ballow, formerly of formerly of Galveston County, pleaded guilty to the crimes Feb.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued an Ozone Action Day for the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for Monday, May 7, warning residents to be aware of the dangers associated with the event.

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The Orange County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has issued a winter weather advisory in effect for all of Southeast Texas and Southwest, South Central and Central Louisiana Jan. 16.

According to the advisory, up to an inch of snow could fall in the area, mainly north of the Highway 190 corridor. While lighter accumulations of snow and ice are expected further South, bridges, overpasses and elevated roads area-wide could become icy later today and early tonight.

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What makes someone legendary? While many have achieved academic accomplishments, career milestones and high socioeconomic status, only a few have set themselves apart with a magnitude of selflessness that they will truly be remembered for generations to come.

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The deadline to apply for American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey financial assistance is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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