A man was sent to the hospital with gunshot wounds after meeting with an online seller to purchase a vehicle that led to an aggravated assault the night of Sunday, Jan. 6.

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The downtown Beaumont ExxonMobil facility experienced an electrical fire Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Beaumont firefighters were on hand to assist if needed. No injuries were reported and the fire was contained within an hour. 

ExxonMobil is investigating the cause of the fire.

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The Deweyville Independent School District has opted to close it's doors Monday, Jan. 7 because of rising flood waters on the Sabine River due to the opening of the Toledo Bend flood gates. 

According to information from the school district, the safety/flood team met and "decided that we will not be asking residents to risk bringing students to school Monday." The district will be closed to students and staff on Monday. Monday afternoon, the safety/flood team will reassess the situation to make a determination for Tuesday. 

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Texas Department of Transportation announced that Interstate 10 will be closed at FM 1663 on Saturday, Jan. 5, starting at 8 a.m. and reopening at 2 p.m. Traffic will be detoured to the frontage road so work crews can implement safety improvements. 

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Due to the recent rain Orange County is offering free sandbags at three locations. The first location is at 10375 N. Hwy 87 in Orange, the second is at 2505 W. Roundbunch (FM 1442) in Bridge City and the third is at 345 Claiborne St. in Vidor. Those picking up sandbags are asked to bring their own shovel.

Orange County Sherriff’s Office encourages citizens to monitor lake, river and flood stage levels at www.setxasrain.org. 

Finally OCSO asked for citizen’s to be safe and “Turn around and don’t drown.”

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