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Two Silsbee residents arrested with drug package

By Tim Collins

BEAUMONT — Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested two Silsbee residents on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

JCSO investigators responded to information on a package containing the opioid Fentanyl had been shipped to an address on Washington Boulevard on Jan. 29.

When a suspect arrived at the Beaumont Post Office to pick up the package of Fentanyl, JCSO investigators arrested two suspects in a truck, Captain Crystal Holmes said in a release.

 

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Lumberton man nabbed for failure to register as sex offender

By Tim Collins

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Authorities in Louisiana have arrested a Lumberton man and charged him with failure to register as a sex offender.

Dana Marc Pratt, 51, was arrested on Jan. 20 by deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit for failure to register as a sex offender while working at a Louisiana plant.

Pratt was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree with a 15- year-old female in Michigan in 1995, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry.

 

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Grass fire off FM 92

Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Todd Jewett battles a grass fire on Post Plant Road off of U.S. 92 north of Silsbee on Jan. 25.

 

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Family loses house in Jan. 19 fire

By Tim Collins

HONEY ISLAND — Silsbee, Kountze and Sour Lake firefighters responded to a call Jan. 19, around noon to Old Bragg Road.

Firefighters battled the blaze for an hour, putting out fires at the back side of a residence and in the roof, where the fire spread.

Homeowner Eva Hall, who was alone at the time of the fire, said she was putting clothes away when she first smelled the smoke.

 

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Trio arrested for possible mail thefts in Silsbee, Lumberton area

By Tim Collins

BEAUMONT — Three suspects were found in west Jefferson County, Jan. 19, with mail belonging to addresses in Silsbee, Lumberton and Beaumont, Captain Crystal Holmes said.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at 11 a.m. on Patna Road.

Deputies saw a handgun on the floorboard and a "large amount of" mail in the car before conducting a search during which they discovered evidence which suggested the mail had been stolen from addresses in Silsbee, Lumberton and Beaumont.

 

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24
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Silsbee ISD releases academic report

By Tim Collins

The Silsbee Board of Trustees released its annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), which collects and reports data including student performance, graduation and retention rates, violent or criminal incidents on campus, and student performance in postsecondary education.

TAPR's data can range from one year to two years in the past, and does not necessarily reflect a district's performance for the current school year.

The TAPR reported a 97.8 percent graduation rate for the Class of 2015, compared to 89 percent for the state and 90.1 percent for the region.

 

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Wed
17
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Delacerda attorney postpones change of venue

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — The defense in the Jason Delacerda capital murder trial for the 2011 death of toddler Breonna Loftin has postponed a change of venue motion until the jury selection process finishes.

The defense and prosecution will question dozens of potential jurors before the trial begins, a process which could take three to four weeks.

The jurors have been issued a questionnaire regarding their knowledge of the trial to determine if Delacerda can receive a fair trial in Hardin County.

 

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Burning motorcycle found, owner not

By Danny Reneau

A motorist witnessed a motorcycle on fire on Hickory Grove Cemetery Road, west of the Hickory Grove Church, at approximately 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

The witness contacted the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office who dispatched the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department to the scene. Upon arrival, SVFD personnel found no contact person or sign of an injured party

The motorcycle had no license plates and was totally destroyed in several pieces.

 

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Man arrested in Jan. 13 shooting

By Tim Collins

SOUR LAKE — A suspect has been identified and arrested for the Saturday night shooting of a Lumberton man in Sour Lake.

Jason Neal Wheeler, 37, of Lumberton, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the shooting, according to the Hardin County Sheriff's Department.

The shooting occurred at approximately 5:04 p.m. at the 17000 block on Roadway in Sour Lake, in Grayburg, Jan. 13.

 

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Attorney asks for change of venue for toddler murder trial

By Tim Collins

KOUNTZE — Ryan Gertz, defense attorney for Jason Wade Delacerda, 40, of Kountze, has asked for a change of venue for the capital murder trial of four-yearold Breonna Nichole Loftin.

The request comes as jury selection began Jan. 9 in Delacerda's trial. 

In August 2011, four-yearold Breonna lived with Delacerda and his then-girlfriend, Amanda Nicole Guidry, in a trailer park off U.S. 69 near Kountze. Breonna was Guidry's daughter.

 

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