Beaumont firefighters are one the scene at Breakwater Bay Apartments. One unit was damaged in an accidental fire BFD Capt. Scott Wheat said was caused by improperly discarded smoking material. No one was injured and no other units were affected by the blaze.

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The Texas Commissionon Environmental Quality has required the city of Kountze to notify water system customers in the Smith Feagin area of a boil water advisory due to a reduced distribution system pressure.

The area affected by the advisory is for customers from north of Villa Road and east of Highway 69, Smith Feagin addition and those out of the city limits extending to FM 420.

Officials recommend boiling water used for drinking, cooking and ice for two minutes prior to consuming to destroy any harmful bacteria present. 

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The Bridge City Police Department (BCPD), working with the Orange County Sheriff's Office marine division, recovered the body of Darren Wynn Burge, 53, of Bridge City, on Thursday, Jan. 10. 

According to BCPD, a missing person report was filed on Jan. 6 with the police department. Burge had not been seen sincce Jan. 2 between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. 

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On Thursday, Jan. 10, Lumberton Independent School District received a bomb threat made to the elementary school. Law enforcement believed the incident may have been related to suspects on the run in south end of the district that were responsible for burglarizing the AT&T store on Dowlen Road in Beaumont. The vehicle carrying the suspects lost control and went into the median in south Lumberton in the early hours of Jan. 10, which resulted in the suspects fleeing into a nearby wooded area.

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Around 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 10, Beaumont police officers responded to 7-Eleven on Calder Avenue in reference to an aggravated robbery. Witnesses reported that three black males armed with handguns entered the store and robbed the clerk of money and tobacco products. 

They then fled the area on foot to a black extended cab truck waiting for them behind Tia Juanitas. The suspect vehicle was last seen heading eastbound on Laurel Street.

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