James Richard Knox, 54, of Orange pleaded guilty to federal child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas on Friday. According to information presented in court, on Sept. 13, 2006, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Knox’s residence and seized his personal computer equipment. A forensic analysis of the equipment revealed a substantial amount of material containing images of child pornography. Knox was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 16, 2007. Knox faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set. This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.
Kristen Baker has joined Hughes Watters Askanase, L.L.P. as an associate supporting the Consumer Financial Services and Default Servicing Practice Areas.Baker is the daughter of Dr. Janet Cole Baker, O.D., who attended school in the Port Arthur Independent School District and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1977. Kristen’s grandfather, Ned Cole, was the head coach at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Jean Cole is a veteran educator in the Port Arthur ISD.“Kristen is an outstanding recent graduate from the University of Houston Law Center. All of us at Hughes Watters Askanase are pleased to have her on board full-time. During the 12 months that Kristen interned with the firm as a law clerk, she proved herself to be conscientious and committed to the practice of law and to working with a team of veteran attorneys. She is an excellent role model for any young person starting a new career in any profession,” Varner commented. Baker was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November after passing the bar exam. She focuses her practice on representing the needs of banks, mortgage servicing companies and other lenders in various aspects of consumer financial services. “Hughes Watters Askanase was the right choice for me to begin my career. The environment at HWA is very team-oriented and respectful. I appreciate the integrity and professionalism that is reflected in the way everyone operates. I am especially impressed with how friendly the attorneys and staff are,” Baker commented.Baker has earned several honors. She was a regional finalist in the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition in 2008. She also received the 2007 Department of Communication Citizenship Award at Texas A&M. Baker was on the Dean’s List at Texas A&M from 2003-2007 and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars from 2004 through 2007. She has also been a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi since 2007.
Joanne Mable Monroe, 72, of Orange died on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Dorman Funeral Home.Charles Vestal Newman, 78, of Port Neches died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. Next Up Death notices Services todayLovenia Clotiaux, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Groves, 10 a.m. Louise Sherrill Campbell Lunsford, 88, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.
A Vidor man riding a motorcycle was killed Wednesday night when he collided with a black cow in the roadway on FM 2802 in Orange County.At approximately 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety was notified of a motorcycle crash approximately three miles south of Vidor. Next UpA 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on FM 2802 when it struck a black cow in the roadway.The driver, Robert George Cahill, 48, of Vidor, Texas was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Robby Eaves. Cahill was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. This is an ongoing crash investigation and there are no further details to be released. The cow also died at the crash scene.
Sophomore Josh Nzeakor was the lone Cardinal in double figures. He ended the night with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds, but unfortunately he did all of his damage in the opening half.“It was a tough start in the second half and we didn’t recover,” said associate head coach Bobby Kummer. “That is a senior-laden team that we played tonight. We’ve been working with our guys all week about playing with poise. We knew they were going to come out and try and hit us. We handled it in the first half, but didn’t handle the punch in the second half.”Junior Zjori Bosha got the scoring started with a steal and layup on the other end of the floor. Big Red knocked down six of its first 12 shots to take an early seven-point lead, 18-11. The Cardinals took advantage of a slow Sam Houston start (1-for-6) to push their lead to nine points.Nzeakor sparked the Cardinals’ first-half attack scoring seven points in the first 6:25 of action. He finished the half with a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds). Unfortunately, the Cardinals were unable to push their lead to double digits as the Bearkats responded by catching fire. Lamar sports informationHUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State used a 13-0 run to start the second half, turning a one-point advantage into a double-digit victory over Lamar on Thursday evening at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.The Bearkats defeated LU, 87-65, dropping the Cardinals to 11-8 on the season and 3-3 in Southland Conference action. The Cardinals finished the night knocking down 24-of-57 (.421) attempts from the field, and went 7-of-19 (.368) from three-point range. After a slow start, the Bearkats finished the game on fire shooting 60 percent for the game after a 17-of-25 (.680) performance in the second half.The Bearkats caused most of their damage in the paint, outscoring LU by eight points, but got hot from long distance in the second half. SHSU knocked down only one triple in the opening 20 minutes, but closed the game hitting seven of its final 10 three-pointers.The Bearkats finished the night with four players in double digits led by Chris Galbreath’s 20 points all in the first half. SHSU turned its attention to the low post where it scored 24 of its 41 first half points, led by Chris Galbreath’s 20 points. After starting slow, the Bearkats knocked down seven of its next 12, a stretch that coincided with the Red and White hitting just one of its next eight attempts. Sam rallied from the nine-point deficit to take their first lead, 33-32, with less than three minutes remaining.The Bearkats kept the pressure on LU and took a five-point lead before LU closed with a spurt to go into the locker room down just one. Senior Lincoln Davis closed the half with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 41-40.The Cardinals finished the opening half 13-of-31 (.419) from the field, including a 4-of-8 (.500) effort from beyond the arc. After a slow start, SHSU finished the half just a notch above 50 percent (16-of-30), but only 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.The Bearkats opened the second with all of the momentum scoring the first 13 points of the half to build a 54-40 lead. Junior Torey Noel ended the drought with a layup at the 14:47 mark, but SHSU pushed its start to a 19-4 run before the Cardinals were able to cut into the lead.The Red and White trimmed the lead to 12 with less than 12 to play but couldn’t get any closer as the ‘Kats responded with a 12-4 run to push their advantage to 20. SHSU added to the lead down the stretch walking away with 22-point victory.The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they travel to Thibodaux, La., to take on Nicholls State. The game against the Colonels is slated to tip off at 3:30 p.m. at Stopher Gym.
The Cardinals face a tough task in Texas Southern, which is always picked among the Southwestern Athletics Conference leaders. TSU heads to Beaumont with a similar record to the Cardinals. The Tigers are 4-7 (.364) overall and have dropped three of their past four outings. Texas Southern is coming off a heartbreaking 77-70 loss at Tulane on Monday evening.The Tigers have already faced one of the nation’s toughest schedules just a third of the way through the season with games against Baylor, Gonzaga, Iowa State, San Diego State, Oregon, Arizona State and Georgia – picking up wins against Baylor and Oregon.Although Texas Southern is a very tough opponent, returning to the friendly confines of the Montagne Center may be just what the doctor ordered for LU. The Cardinals are a perfect 3-0 at home this season, and a near perfect 25-2 (.926) in non-conference home games under LU head coach Tic Price. Senior Josh Nzeakor leads an LU offense that is averaging better than 74 points per game. Nzeakor, a preseason all-conference selection who recently eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career earlier this season and ranks among the Southland leaders in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (7.8 rpg). Nzeakor is one of four Cardinals averaging in double figures through the first 10 games of the season.The Tigers are averaging nearly 76 points per game despite their tough non-conference schedule but have struggled on the glass at times. TSU is being outrebounded by five through their first 11 contests. Texas Southern is led by four players averaging better than 10 points per game, but the offense is run through Trayvon Reed and Jalyn Patterson. The TSU duo is averaging 28 points per game on the season.Fans who bring a new teddy bear to the Montagne Center on Wednesday will have the opportunity to throw the bears on the court at halftime. The bears will be collected and donated to a local charity benefitting Southeast Texas families. Fans who bring a brand new, unopened toy will receive an exclusive Cardinals’ ornament.Wednesday’s game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the Montagne Center. It will be streamed live on ESPN+ and can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s basketball team is slated to step on the court Wednesday to face in-state rival Texas Southern.When they do, it will be the first time in a month the Cardinals will compete in front of the home fans. Ending a five-game road swing, the Red and White enters the battle against TSU looking to right the ship posting a 1-4 (.200) record on the road swing and a 4-6 (.400) overall mark.
Nominations will be accepted through noon Friday.To nominate your mother, submit a letter stating why she should be selected “Mother of the Year” in 300 words or less. Also, include her name and address as well as your name and address and daytime phone number. The only restriction is the nominee must be a resident of Groves. A committee will review the entries and the person who submitted the winning entry will be notified the week of May 6.Submit your letter of nomination to the Groves Chamber of Commerce & Tourist Center by noon on Friday, May 3. The Chamber office is located at 4399 Main Ave., Groves. The Chamber telephone number is (409) 962-3631. GROVES — The deadline for submitting nominations for the Groves Mother of the Year is quickly approaching.
Port Arthur police have identified Julian Thomas Owens, 20, of Sour Lake as the victim of Wednesday’s fatal crash. Port Arthur police received the 911 call around 6:03 p.m. Wednesday. Preliminary reports show the driver of an SUV, later identified as Owens, made a U-turn in front of the 18-wheeler, according to a spokesperson with the PAPD.The driver of the SUV was deceased when police arrived.The passenger of that vehicle was sent to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont for serious injuries where he underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Next UpAfter meeting at the ages of 17 and 20, they would marry at ages 20 and 23 and enjoy 49 years of marriage together.She is preceded in death by her parents, in laws Jack and Mary Thornton, 3 sister in laws, Cindy and Jeanette Thornton and Faye McCorvy, 2 nephews, James E. McCorvy Jr. and Roy Conway, and 1 great nephew, Blake McCorvy.Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jack Thornton Jr. of Groves, only daughter, Angela Thornton Harper and her husband James, only granddaughter and her namesake, Alyssa Ellen Harper all of Port Neches, and 1 brother, James E. McCorvy Sr. of Orange. Ellen Katheryn McCorvy Thornton, 72, of Groves passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.She was born to James and Anna McCorvy on Sunday, September 29, 1946 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, TX and resided in Groves all her life.On March 26,1970, Ellen married the love of her life, Jack Thornton Jr. She will also be remembered by many family members, friends, and her Iota Rho sisters.Ellen was a member of First Baptist Church of Groves and was baptized on May 1, 1957.Through the years, she let her light shine for the Lord despite all of her many medical battles.She served alongside Jack as a deacon’s wife in many ministries and witnessed to others from her hospital bed and everywhere she went. Ellen was a very devoted Christian who loved the Lord tremendously and is walking with Him today.As a 1965 Port Neches-Groves graduate, she went on to graduate from Lamar University in 1969 with a teaching degree and soon after a master’s degree for a diagnostician.For 34 years, she was an elementary teacher who taught special education (18 yrs), 3rd Grade (1 yr), 1st grade (1 yr), and 2nd grade Gifted and Talented (13 yrs) throughout her career.She taught 9 years at Orangefield Elementary in Orangefield ISD and 25 years at Langham Elementary in Nederland ISD.In 1993, Ellen was inducted into the Iota Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for being an excellent educator in which she served as many different officers such as President in 2004-2006.She was able to enjoy remaining a member alongside Angela until her passing.Ellen was also involved in other organizations such as the Port Neches-Groves PTA, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Mid Jefferson County Retired School Personnel, the Red Hat chapters of Pecan Delites and Claret Chapeaux, and the Friends of Groves Public Library.When younger, she was the Past Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge #63.After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, Ellen became very involved with the Mid County Relay for Life.For 17 years, she was a team captain and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help cancer patients and fund research in helping others beat the disease that Jack and her fought both individually and together as a couple.Ellen started the first teacher team to participate in Relay which then caused several others to become active in Relay for Life as well.Of all the accomplishments in her life she was most proud of being called Jack’s wife, Angela’s mother, and Alyssa Ellen’s grandmother.Ellen received the honor of being named the 2005 Groves Mother of the Year.She supported them in every endeavor and was really looking forward to being a PN-G drumline Grandma this coming 2019-2020 school year as Alyssa enters high school band.There was never a time that Ellen missed an event for Angela and Alyssa Ellen and was the most loving wife, mother, and grandmother that anyone could find.She enjoyed watching her two girls’ dance recitals at Debbie’s Dance Etc., PN-G football, reading, bowling, word searches, taking pictures, collecting green Frankoma pottery, and was never too far from her gummy candy.Funeral services will be held at 2PM on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Dr. Joe Worley and Reverend Charles Miller officiating.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday evening from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.If so desired, donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Groves youth group or to the Groves Middle School Library.
She was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, Texas and 1959 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School.She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Ladies Auxiliary. Deniese retired fromChevron with 23 years of service. Visitation will be at 8:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Deniese Owilda Davis James, 79, of Port Arthur, TX, was called home on October 30, 2019 at home surrounded by family.Deniese was born May 11, 1940 to the late Herman Davis and Virginia Champion. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, 7 children George Mansfield (Beaula), Alixandra LeBlanc, Kevin Mitchell (Stephanie), Ellis Mitchell (Joy), Byron James, Lawrence James Jr., Terence James (Connie); 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, 1 sister and 1brother.