Texas

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating a fatal weekend crash that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman Aug. 18, reports Sgt. Stephanie Davis. 

According to Davis, troopers responded to a multiple vehicle crash on US-90 in Jefferson County at about 10:30 p.m.  The crash occurred approximately two (2) miles west of Beaumont.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) HMO policyholders could end up paying the full cost of seeking treatment at freestanding emergency rooms (FSERs) should their ailment not rise to the standard set by the insurance provider beginning Aug. 6. The change, according to the company, comes after an influx of inflated billing claims for non-emergency procedures has infiltrated the market.

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2016 conventions in San Antonio (top) and Dallas

Thousands will gather at the state GOP convention in San Antonio this week. Texas Democrats will meet in Fort Worth for their biennial meeting the following weekend. School shootings and the #MeToo movement are among the issues that could loom large at one or both events.

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Several thousand Texans will descend on San Antonio and Fort Worth for the biennial Republican and Democratic conventions to hear from the state’s most prominent politicians, adopt new platforms and elect party leaders.

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Ronald Bradford and Paula Bear

Wednesday, June 6, at 2:04 a.m., Jefferson County deputies stopped a vehicle with Idaho license plates at mile marker 845 eastbound on Interstate 10 for a number of traffic violations. Deputies noticed that the stories of the two occupants did not match, and they were both overly nervous. Deputies asked for consent to search the vehicle, but the driver refused.

Port Neches police were called to the scene with a drug detection canine whose positive alert provided probable cause for a search of the vehicle.

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Wednesday, May 30, at 8:27 p.m., Beaumont Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) were conducting a surveillance investigation in search of an 18 wheeler believed to be carrying a large amount of drug money to the Texas/Mexico border. They located the truck in Lafayette, Louisiana and followed it into Texas. With the assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont PD, Vidor PD, Port Arthur PD and Texas DPS, the truck was tracked into the Beaumont area and stopped on IH10 near the 848 mile marker.

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Megan Gail Freeman, 56, of Vidor | Facebook.com photo

At approximately 5:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers received a report of an auto-pedestrian crash near the intersection of FM 105 and West Circle Road in Vidor.

Initial reports indicate that a 2015 Ford pickup truck was traveling northbound on FM 105.  A pedestrian was walking in the middle of the roadway and walked into the path of the Ford.

The pedestrian, Megan Gail Freeman, 56, of Vidor, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton.

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James Westbrook of Atlanta, Georgia

UPDATE: May 24 around 3 p.m. deputies arrested and transported 35-year-old James Westbrook of Atlanta, Georgia, to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Westbrook is being charged with evading and felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle. Westbrook was caught on a residential security camera in Chambers County approximately 30 minutes prior to fleeing from JCSO Deputies. Items found in the bed of the truck are being checked as a possibility that they were stolen.

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 Buster Hawk Kay (left) and Jose Hugo White

May 14 around 11 p.m., deputies with the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force were conducting surveillance on a known meth dealer when they stopped a green Honda passenger car on Highway 73 near Big Hill. The two occupants were identified as Jose Hugo White and Buster Hawk Kay. White, the owner of the car, gave deputies consent to search the vehicle. Deputies discovered 28.33 grams of meth concealed under the hood. A loaded Taurus revolver was located inside the car. Both White and Kay are convicted felons.

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Bobbie Morgan

Judge Raquel West sentenced Bobbie Morgan, 30, to 15 years in prison for two felony offenses of second-degree indecency with a child in accordance with a plea bargain agreement. The two cases will run consecutively for a maximum of 30 years.

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We Texans have a nationwide reputation, if not worldwide, for about bragging Texas. Unfortunately, there are some areas where our state leads that we do not, and should not, be bragging about. These areas need legislative and leadership intervention.

Texas leads in the number of low paid workers. While we boast about the spectacular growth, or the Texas miracle, mainly stemming from our oil industry, Texas still lags the nation in pay for people who live by the sweat of their brow.

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