Rose City

Joshua Murray (inset) drowned at Boomtown USA in Rose City

At approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, Orange County deputies responded to possible drowning at Boomtown Waterpark and RV Resort at 1495 W. Freeway in Rose City. When deputies arrived, they learned that 14-year-old Joshua Murray and several juvenile boys were swimming in the lake when two of the young men observed Murray struggling in the water. The two boys swam over to reach him in an attempt to pull him up, but they were in water over their heads.

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A crash involving five vehicles killed four people including two children Wednesday evening, Oct. 1 near Asher Turnaround in Rose City.

The accident encompassed the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 and involved two truck-tractor semi-trailers and three passenger vehicles — a 2015 Kenworth truck tractor, a 2003 Volvo truck tractor, a 2011 Kia SUV, a 2002 Dodge truck and a 1994 Ford passenger vehicle, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis.

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Veronica Grant

After shocking prosecutors by pleading guilty to charges of theft by a public servant and throwing herself on the mercy of the court in November of last year, former Rose City secretary Veronica Grant was back in front of Judge Dennis Powell in the 163rd State District Court for sentencing on Jan. 9.

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Veronica Lynn Grant

Former Rose City city secretary Veronica Lynn Grant, aka Veronica Jarrell Grant, mysteriously fired in August 2012, was arrested May 16 on charges of theft by a public servant.

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A motorist in the 250 block of the westbound Interstate 10 service road near Green Man Recycling in Vidor lost control of her vehicle and struck a highway construction warning sign on Friday morning, Feb. 8. A state trooper at the scene said the driver was on her cellular phone near the time when the accident occurred. The driver was able to walk away from the one-vehicle accident without serious injury, but westbound I-10 traffic slowed to a crawl.

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Speculation and secrecy surround the dismissal of Rose City city secretary Veronica Jarrell Grant. According to Rose City Mayor David Bush, Grant was terminated in August of this year after approximately 18 years of service. Bush said Grant was terminated Aug. 17 and the matter was approved in the following regular City Council meeting Sept. 13.

Bush said he is not able to divulge information regarding the reason for her dismissal due to rules pertaining to “personnel” matters.

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Shortly after 6 a.m. on April 29, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a person lying in the grass on the I-H 10 South Service road near Baird’s Bayou in Rose City, according to reports from the agency.   

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