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Beaumont Fire and Rescue

At approximately 1 a.m., Oct. 14, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire at 4080 Ector. According to a press release, when Firefighters arrived, they found the kitchen of the home on fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to the kitchen area but there was smoke damage throughout the house.

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The City of Vidor continues its efforts to collect a decade's worth of outstanding fines owed to the city. This week, police are asking for assistance in locating the following persons owing more than $1000 in fines to the city:

1. Raymond Dale Jordan, W/M, Age 56, 3 traffic warrants totaling $1,133.00

2. Michael Allen Johnson, W/M, age 34, 4 traffic warrants totaling $1,033.00

3. Courtney Lynn Johnson, W/F, age 28, 3 traffic warrant totaling $1,108.00

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Update: Melissa Ringhardt, the babysitter on duty at the time of 5-year-old Vidor resident John “Johnny” Read’s accidental shooting death in October 2013, was located and arrested by deputies of the Pope County Sheriff’s Department in Russellville, Arkansas on Oct. 2, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Jefferson County Seal

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced on Oct.

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Update: Road reopened as of 4:12 p.m. 10/10/14.

 

Traffic alert from TxDOT:

SH 105 in West Hardin County has been closed in both directions in front of West Hardin High School after an 18-wheeler overturned and spilled drilling mud on the roadway. Clean up crews are in route and officials estimate the highway will remain closed at least 3 hours.

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The season of Thanksgiving and good will is fast approaching and volunteers from Entergy Texas, Inc. are gearing up to ensure families served by the Southeast Texas Food Bank will have what they need to celebrate and enjoy the holidays.

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Big Thicket Day 2014 will feature music, food, and dancing on Saturday, Oct. 11, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor’s Center located at 6102 FM 420, Kountze, Texas.

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Richard Hernandez

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced today that Jefferson County resident Richard Hernandez, 53, has been found guilty by a Jefferson County jury of two counts of failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements.  The trial was held in the Criminal District Court, Judge John Stevens, Jr., presiding over the course of two days. 

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A former Vidor ISD teacher accused of an improper relationship with a student pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to probation in Orange County.

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By Don J. Dodd, Publisher, The Examiner

One certainly would not want their life’s deeds or career judged entirely on what was found on the Internet. Yet, it is hard to imagine how an ex-assistant district attorney for Jefferson County could spend 24 years on the public payroll and have only one story online that mentions his name.

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