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16
May
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SVFD responds to pair of house fires

By Danny Reneau

Firefighters from Silsbee, Evadale and Lumberton spent several hours battling a house fire at 1225 Knupple Road on May 9.

The Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at 5:08 p.m. and immediately started battling the fire.

 

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16
May
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Louisiana woman killed in motorcycle crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

A Louisiana woman died from serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident May 12, according to a press release by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Beaumont.

The crash occurred three miles north of Silsbee.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling southbound on U.S. 96 when it traveled off the roadway onto the shoulder. In an attempt to get the vehicle back onto the road, the driver overcorrected which caused the driver and passenger to fall off the motorcycle.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at new County Annex building

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — Hardin County officials, along with city officials from within the county, law enforcement, school district officials and others attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new County Annex Building on May 8.

The new building is located at 1105 Redwood St., next to the county courthouse parking lot. The county broke ground on the new annex on Dec. 16, 2016.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Court makes short work of lengthy agenda

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — It took the Hardin County Commissioners Court about 25 minutes to approve action items on a lengthy agenda on May 8.

All action items passed by a unanimous vote.

Commissioners approved appointed County Auditor Angela Gore for another twoyear term and Human Resource Director Debbie Mendisabal’s permission to appoint a committee to revise the Hardin County Travel Policy.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Latulas pleads guilty to 2016 murder

Suspect forgoes jury trial

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — A man accused in the 2016 murder of a Hardin County woman plead guilty last week.

Ac - cording to Hardin County District Attorney David Sheffield, Joseph Anthony Latulas Jr. plead guilty May 4 in the death of Wendi Wanell Warner on Jan. 10, 2016, in a mobile home north of Silsbee.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Competency hearing granted for Boyett

By Dannie Oliveaux

AUSTIN — A Jasper County woman who was convicted of manslaughter in 2015 of causing a fatal crash that killed two Lumberton women and an unborn infant will receive a competency hearing to determine if her conviction will be upheld.

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals in Austin made the ruling on April 25. In October 2017, the court agreed to hear Crystal Lummas Boyett’s challenge to her conviction after it was denied by the Ninth Court of Appeals in Beaumont in May 2017.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Man killed in rollover crash

By Dannie Oliveaux

A Silsbee man died from injuries he sustained in a onevehicle rollover crash on FM 92 on April 27.

According to Sgt. Stephanie Davis, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident happened about 9:45 p.m. approximately four miles north of Silsbee.

Davis stated preliminary reports indicate that a 2002 Ford F250 pickup truck was traveling southbound on FM 92. For an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert. After striking the culvert, the vehicle rolled several times before striking a utility pole. All occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Fire destroys Lumberton home

Fire destroyed a Lumberton home that was flooded during Tropical Storm Harvey on April 27. Lumberton Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Joint investigation nets 9 on drug trafficking charges

By Dannie Oliveaux

KOUNTZE — The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office arrested nine individuals suspected of drug trafficking methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana in Hardin County.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Mike Davis, the suspects have been arrested and charged with various offenses related to the possession or sale of illegal drugs.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Man killed in two-car crash

A 23-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on April 22, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, reported troopers responded to the crash on U.S. 96, one mile north of Silsbee at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Davis stated initial reports indicate that a dark blue 2011 Ford Mustang, driven by Colt Kirkendall of Buna, was traveling northbound in the inside traffic lane of US 96.

 

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