Sharon Rigsby, Beaumont ISD planetarium teacher at the Murry J. Frank Planetarium, has found herself once again on the district’s Reduction in Force (RIF) list.

The original RIF list, containing more than 100 teaching positions, including Risby’s, failed to garner enough support to pass at a Monday, June 30, Board of Trustees meeting.

Darius Treyvon Jenkins

July 24, 2014, at 5:40 p.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that Darius Treyvon Jenkins had been located.


In a press release July 24, 2014, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrant division asked for the public’s assistance in locating wanted fugitive and serial criminal Darius Treyvon Jenkins, 22. Jenkins is currently wanted for burglary of a habitation.


Beaumont police and other law enforcement entities are starting their warrant roundup tomorrow and are advising anyone in the community with outstanding warrants to pay them today or face arrest.

According to a news release from BPD, area law enforcement agencies and municipal courts are joining forces to host the warrant round-up beginning Friday, July 25. Several cities within Jefferson County are participating in this round up.

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams and BISD teacher Alisa Courts

By Alisa Courts

Special to The Examiner

Monday, July 21, The Examiner gave me the opportunity to meet with Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Education Michael Williams alongside various local media outlets. After receiving our clearance to visit with him, we were ushered to the fifth floor of the Edison Plaza building. Moments later, Commissioner Williams entered the room, joined us at the table where we were seated, and greeted us.

Interim Jefferson County DA Cory Crenshaw speaks at a recent Rotary meeting.

Interim Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, continuing to create change and call for action against public corruption and other crime across the county, addressed two separate groups over the course of two days to outline both the necessity of additional requested resources in his office, and on July 23, announcing upcoming BISD

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After a week of intense and exciting enlightenment of all things marine at the Port of Port Arthur’s Camp Seaport, 15 area teens graduated Friday, July 11, at a ceremony held at the Port Arthur International Seafarers Center in Port Arthur.

Stevie Blaschke Hanke

A Beaumont man was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, July 23, 2014, for sexual assault of a child.

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced in a press release that Stevie Blaschke Hanke, 40, was found guilty and sentenced by Senior Criminal District Judge Larry Gist for the March 2, 2012, sexual assault of his nine-year-old stepdaughter.  The jury returned the verdict after less than 15 minutes of deliberation.

Matthew Cherry

Saturday, July 19, the U.S. Marshals Service, acting on information forwarded by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Warrant Division, located fugitive Matthew Cherry in Rotan, Honduras. In a press release, the sheriff’s office said Cherry had fled the country in an attempt to elude prosecution on the charges of failure to comply with sexual offender registry and two counts of indecency with a child.


Beaumont police are searching for a suspect who was reportedly shot by a homeowner while attempting to burglarize a vehicle at a Beaumont residence.


On Monday, July 21, 2014 at approximately 5:20 a.m, Beaumont Police Officers responded to the 2400 block of Liberty in reference to a home-owner shooting a suspect as he attempted to burglarize his vehicle.  The homeowner's motion detector was activated and he stepped out to check on it.  He saw the suspect, and the suspect charged the homeowner.  The homeowner fired one shot, and struck the suspect somewhere in the lower chest area.  The suspect fled the scene.  Officers quickly set up a perimeter, and followed a blood tr