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Past articles by Jeff:

Jefferson Co. deputies make cocaine bust during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop turned into a cocaine bust earlier this week, according to a release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. On Tuesday at 10:25 a.m., a deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop for the violation of "following too closely" on Interstate 10, the release said. → Read More

Ex-employee accused in Whataburger robbery

According to witnesses, an armed man entered the restaurant and demanded cash from employees. The driver of the vehicle matched the description and was in possession of a handgun, ski mask and an undetermined amount of cash, the release said. → Read More

Monster gator has a new home

When Gary Saurage, owner of Gator Country in Beaumont, got the call that an alligator had been spotted at a pond in Groves, he had no idea how large the animal would be. Once they had the animal contained, they loaded him into a tractor trailer to transport him around the pond to Saurage's work truck, where he could be safely brought back to Gator Country. The gator doesn't have an official name… → Read More

Silsbee man sentenced for tax violations

A 64-year-old Silsbee man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal income tax violations, according to a release from U.S. Attorney John Bales. On Oct. 28, 2014, Billy Dan Peavy pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false income tax returns and one count of aiding and abetting in the preparation and filing of a false corporation income tax return, the release said. → Read More

Lane closures planned for U.S. 69, I-10

The Texas Department of Transportation announced three road closures today: In Beaumont, the northbound inside lane of U.S. 69 at the Lucas overpass will be closed from midnight until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to pour concrete, the state agency announced in a Tuesday release. → Read More

Market Basket takes Blue Bell cups off shelves

Market Basket locations throughout the state have taken specific Blue Bell Ice Cream products off store shelves after a recall by the manufacturer, the grocery chain announced in a press release. Market Basket's goal is taking pride in delivering the highest standards of freshness, quality and food safety. → Read More

Police ID man killed in Orange crash

Orange Police have identified Ricky Louis Manuel, 56 , of Orange, as the driver in a fatal one-car accident that happened Monday evening, according to a release from the department. Officers were dispatched to the 3900 block of N. Lutcher in reference to a traffic accident Monday at 5:58 p.m. After an investigation, it was determined that Manuel's gold 2002 Toyota Highlander was traveling… → Read More

YMBL auctioneer has fast talkin' tips

Spending that much time on the road might seem daunting to others but Holford relishes the lifestyle and he's never had to miss a day of work. Sometimes I'll take a glass of water and put a few spoons of cough syrup in there and gargle it. Holford says that teaching someone how to sell something is easy compared to the other skills that the occupation requires. For Holford, being the auctioneer… → Read More

Helicopter delivers Easter eggs for Groves hunt

The blades of a helicopter spun above the children as approximately 1,500 multicolored eggs rained down on the grass below. Parents and kids hung around to play in the cluster of bounce houses and eat after all the eggs had been gathered. → Read More

Friday night argument leads to stabbing

Beaumont Police are investigating a Friday night disturbance that sent two men to the hospital with multiple stab wounds, according to a release from the Beaumont Police Department. Officers arrived at the scene and found a 51-year-old man suffering from stab wounds to his arm and upper body. → Read More

Police seek pair in Dollar General robbery

Two suspects are still at large after robbing a Dollar General in Orange, according to a release from the Orange Police Department. At 8:54 p.m. Thursday night, officers were dispatched to the Dollar General at 3024 N. 16th Street. The employees said the two men were armed with handguns and demanded money. They took an undetermined amount of cash from the store and fled on foot, the release… → Read More

Reward increased for high-risk sex offender with SE Texas ties

Reward increased for high-risk sex offender with SE Texas ties The Texas Department of Public Safety has increased the reward value for a high-risk sex offender who has ties to Beaumont and Port Arthur. → Read More

Phone scam targets Orange County residents

A new phone scam is targeting Orange County residents, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. The caller may also mention that the warrant is in reference to failing to respond to a Grand Jury Subpoena, the release said. → Read More

French Road will close on Monday for repairs

French Road from Blackmon Lane to Delaware Street will be closed to through traffic on Monday, according to a release from the City of Beaumont Streets and Drainage Department. The closure is being made due to street improvements, the city reported. The stretch of road should reopen by Wednesday. → Read More

Jasper fire destroys 1 home, damages 2 others

Jasper Volunteer Fire Fighters battled a mobile home fire on FM 3414 around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, according to a dispatcher. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and no one was at the residence when the fire was reported. The home was completely destroyed during the fire. The two homes on either side of the fire received damage to the aluminum siding, according to the dispatcher. → Read More

Police seek couple in Fast Lane robbery

The clerk described the male robber as a black male with a slim build, about 5'6 with a dark complexion, wearing a beige jacket with a black hat, the release said. The female robber was described as a black female, heavy set, about 5'5 with a light complexion and nose stud ring, wearing a beige colored jacket and a light colored beanie, the release said. → Read More

Authorities search for missing Buna woman

According to a missing person's entry on the Texas EquuSearch website, Carol Luckey was last seen by her mother at her Buna home on March 22. When Luckey's mother stopped by her daughter's home the next day, she found her daughter's unlocked car parked in the yard. → Read More

ExxonMobil fire likely caused by mechanical problem

An investigation into the cause of the fire that occurred Monday at ExxonMobil's chemical plant is still underway, according to spokesperson Lee Dula. Early signs indicate that a valve on a line in a storage area experienced a mechanical failure, ultimately resulting in a fire. → Read More

Big rig accident closes lane near Kirbyville

An 18-wheeler accident this morning has closed one lane of U.S. 96 northbound, about five miles south of Kirbyville, according to a spokesperson for the Jasper County Sheriff's Office. The accident occurred just after 7:30 a.m. The driver of the 18-wheeler received only minor injuries and no one else was hurt in the accident, the spokesperson said. The lane will reopen later today, once the fuel… → Read More

ExxonMobil searches for cause of refinery fire

ExxonMobil officials are trying today to find the cause of a fire that occurred just after midnight Monday at the company's Beaumont refinery. According to Dula, there is no danger to the surrounding area. → Read More