Vidor

The double murder of 83-year-old Richard Ames and 85-year-old Edna Phillips, who were violently stabbed to death at Ames' Vidor home in 2015, shocked and appalled the small community with the police chief at the time, Dave Shows, describing the killings as "the most senseless, brutal murders" he'd ever seen as a longtime law enforcer.

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Arlington Wood (left) and James Hoffpauir of Vidor

This morning around 1:50 a.m., Jefferson County deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Boondocks Road, Deputy Marcus McLellan said in a release. The caller saw a truck pulling a trailer loaded with an excavator, and moving machinery after dark is unusual.

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In the 1950s, carhops were the waiters or waitresses who brought food to patrons in their vehicles at Sonic-like establishments, sometimes on roller skates. Fifty years later, criminals have corrupted the term, using “car hopping” to describe a troublesome criminal trend.

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A head-on collision in Vidor resulted in multiple serious injuries with one of the vehicle knocked off the roadway, rolling multiple times before stopping.

According to a news release from the Vidor Police Department, dispatch received a call at 8:12 p.m. on Aug. 6 reporting a major accident involving a head-on collision at the intersection of SH-12 and Evengeline Lane near Quiet Village.

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Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst and Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll invite the public to join them from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for coffee at Whataburger on Main Street in Vidor Aug. 4. According to Kunst, the pair will be meeting at the fast food establishment "semi-regularly," so, "If you can't make this one, perhaps we will see you next time." 

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At least one person was taken to a local hospital for treatment following a morning accident in Vidor Aug. 2 involving a pickup truck and a Little Debbie delivery truck. Vidor police directed traffic around the accident at Highway 12 and Tram Road, near the Interstate 10 West on-ramp. The fire department and Acadian ambulance also responded to the scene of the accident. 

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Vidor Mayor Robert Viator

Vidor Mayor Robert Viator has revealed he is running for Pct. 4 Commissioner in Orange County in 2018 against incumbent Jody Crump, who has already announced his candidacy. 

Viator said it is "time for change," and expressed concern that the current Commissioners Court is not accurately representing the citizens of Vidor and the surrounding area. 

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The suspect in a brutal 2015 double murder is in custody at a state mental health facility pending DNA results that could lead to murder charges against 52-year-old Aaron Kyle Angelo, the former stepson of one of the elderly victims slain in the attack.

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At approximately 8 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 10, near the Neches River bridge, in Orange County.

Initial reports indicated that a Honda Civic was traveling westbound  in the inside lane on Interstate 10 followed by a Kia passenger vehicle.  Due to normal morning traffic, both vehicles began to slow down when the Kia was rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup truck.  The impact of the collision caused the Kia to rear-end the Honda.

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Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst uses the city’s reinvestment zone map to describe

City Manager Mike Kunst and Vidor’s Planning and Zoning Commission are working on a plan to implement zoning in the city and, in preparation, are asking for public input on the matter and for information about businesses operating in residential neighborhoods around the city.

With the Pride and Progress initiative and other programs recently implemented to promote business and residential development in the city, Vidor is changing, said Kunst, and so are its needs.

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