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Hutto, Tx, man jailed on truck theft charges

ORANGE COUNTY -- A Hutto, Texas , man is in Orange County Jail charged with  Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Arrest after he drove past deputies in the vehicle Monday and then fled from them, the Orange Sheriff's Department says.  


He was  identified as Brandon Martinez  32, of Hutto, Texas. Martinez was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Arrest. His bond was set at $14,500 and he remains in custody.


The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call Monday, June 29 about 11:40 p.m. in reference to a truck that was stolen from the Crawdad’s convenient store parking lot on North Highway 62 in Mauriceville, Orange County, Texas. The caller stated that when they saw the truck driving off, they got into another vehicle and followed. The stolen truck was a white 2006 GMC.


As Deputies responded to the area, a Deputy passed the stolen truck on N. Hwy 62 headed southbound. As the Deputy activated the emergency lights, the driver of the stolen truck began to attempt to evade the Deputy and turned down a driveway to a residence.


Deputies said, the suspect then drove the truck behind the residence and exited the truck. The Deputy was able to gain on the suspect as he then began to flee on foot.


The Deputy caught up to the suspect and ordered him to stop. When the suspect continued to flee, the Deputy used a Taser on the man and brought him into custody.


The truck owner arrived on the scene shortly after the suspect was detained and said she did not know the suspect. The complainant wished to file charges for the theft of the truck.

Jefferson County Tax Assessor warns of scheme

JEFFERSON COUNTY (from Tax Assessor Allison Nathan Getz) -- The Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector wants you to be aware of people that are going door to door or calling by phone trying to collect your property taxes.


"My office does not go to a taxpayer's home or make collection phone calls, " Allison Nathan Getz said. There have been numerous reports of taxpayers being called or someone coming to their door to collect money.


All correspondence with the tax office is done by mail with an official letterhead and the county seal on it. There are several companies that do a direct mailing wanting taxpayers to authorize them to recover refunds for them from failure to file for tax exemptions.


"Why would you pay someone money for something that you can easily do on your own? If you receive a letter about the recovery of a refund, please call our office and let us help you file the necessary paperwork so that you keep your money. We want our taxpayers to get the most out of their exemptions," Getz said.

Property owners who are in doubt about the status of their exemptions can contact the Jefferson County Tax Office and have the staff inform them of any exemptions they are currently receiving; and any that they may potentially qualify to receive.

Chris Christie running for president 'to change the world'

Photo: Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0 


LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepared Tuesday to launch his 2016 campaign for president, telling his most loyal supporters that he's ready to begin what he called a "noble" effort to "lead our country and to change the world."


The Republican governor is set to kick off his campaign Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of his old high school in the town of Livingston, New Jersey, where he experienced some of his first political victories in student politics.


"The idea of going back to where you were when you were 15, or 16, or 17 years old, and to be able to stand in front of that group of people and offer yourself to the presidency is a really, really amazing moment," Christie said in a private call with donors, friends and out-of-state supporters a few hours before his official announcement.


Christie called on them to "to have confidence" going forward. He said he was "ready to go" and excited "to begin what I hope is going to be a really noble and successful effort to try to lead our country and to change the world."


Christie is aiming to reintroduce himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans and then try to climb back.


Four years ago, some of Christie's backers tried to persuade him to challenge President Barack Obama. In the years since, he won re-election with ease, but also struggled to revive the state's moribund economy and fought with the state's Democratic-controlled legislature over pensions and the state budget.


While Christie's turn as head of the Republican Governors Association was widely viewed as a success in the 2014 midterm elections, he's also faced the fallout from the actions of three former aides, charged with creating politically motivated traffic jams to retaliate against a Democratic mayor who declined to endorse Christie's re-election.


The governor faces a tough sell with many conservatives, but has seemingly found his stride at times in visits to early voting states with the lively town hall meetings he's known for at home.


In articulating his vision for the country, Christie plans to draw heavily on his upbringing and his time in Livingston, a town about 20 miles west of New York City. His former high school friends were among the first to receive word that Christie would be launching his campaign at their old school.


"He's respecting his roots," said Stephen Slotnick, a fellow classmate who applauded the governor for including "the people who've grown up with him, the people who've supported him his entire life."


In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of his 35th high school reunion earlier this year, Christie, who also served in student government during his junior high school years, talked about some of the lessons he learned from those early races. Among them: Always vote for yourself.


"The first race I ever ran in, I did not vote for myself. I voted for the other person because I actually thought that you know it was conceited to vote for yourself. And I wound up losing the election by two votes," he said. "So I learned always to vote for yourself, that's the first thing."

Traffic Alert -- I-10 lanes closed, Hollywood to College
BEAUMONT (TXDOT) --The outside and middle lanes of I-10 westbound from Hollywood to College will be closed from 9 am-1 pm today for repairs. Expect possible delays. 

Beaumont ISD names Fred Shafer Executive Director of Special Education

BEAUMONT - The BISD Board of Managers has voted to hire Fred Shafer as the Executive Director of Special Education. He's served as conservator when the state took over BISD.

The Texas Education Agency cited the Special Education program as one reason for the takeover, saying the district needed to make a number of changes.

Also Monday night, the board approved the 2012-2013 audit. The district will place the audit online Tuesday.

 

Jefferson County same-sex couple gets 72-hour waiver. Can marry now

BEAUMONT --A Jefferson County same-sex couple has received a waiver to the 72-hour wait rule before marrying. 

The couple has found a justice of the peace to marry them this afternoon.

These photos after they filled out paperwork at the County Clerk's Office.

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