Texas

Latashi Henry and Jamail Wallace

A Jefferson County jury has sentenced 26-year-old Jamail Wallace to 20 years in prison for the 2014 armed robbery of Beaumont’s AT&T store on Dowlen Road. According to prosecutor Luke Nichols, the trial began the week of Aug. 22 and concluded Monday, Aug. 29, with a guilty verdict and 20-year prison sentence handed down by a jury.

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Troopers with the Texas Department of Public safety responded to a multiple vehicle accident that injured several people and shut down Highway 63 in Jasper Aug. 28, Trooper Stephanie Davis reports.

According to a news release from Davis, DPS received a report of a crash involving multiple vehicles on Highway 63, approximately one mile outside of Jasper city limits, at approximately 4:25 p.m.

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Paxton and Getz

The Texas Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division, which utilizes a number of tools to enforce payment of child support and to encourage evaders to pay up, has now indicated it plans to add another tool to its enforcement toolbox, but Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector Alison Getz worries that implementation of the new initiative could cause problems for parents behind on payments and for her staff, as well.

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An overturned 18-wheeler shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County Aug. 21 while crews cleaned up the driver's lost load and dangerous diesel fuel that had leaked out of the damaged semi, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports.

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Police arrested an allegedly intoxicated man who apparently drank so much that he passed out along the interstate Aug. 18, reports Orange Police Department Officer Leslie Lovelace. 

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Police in Vidor arrested two apparently intoxicated women following a car crash on Aug. 10, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD), but not before one of them allegedly assaulted an officer. 

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A Fred man is recovering from broken bones after being extricated from his vehicle following a two-vehicle crash in Tyler Count on Aug. 11, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports. 

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Police in Orange are searching for the suspect who robbed a local barber shop at gunpoint, reports Orange Police Department Capt. Charlie Stephenson. 

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Alex Rupp, manager of Jack Brooks Regional Airport speaks with Commissioners.

Jefferson County Commissioners have tentatively committed to approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that will not raise the tax burden placed on property owners, but in order to do so, the elected leaders have to figure out how to balance a budget with more funding requests and less income.

According to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, who heads the Commissioners Court, the county has been hard hit by lowered gas prices.

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Several people were injured, including a teenager and three other minor children, when a truck towing cattle in a trailer collided with an SUV in Jefferson County Aug. 1, reports Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

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