This week the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced that sulfur dioxide emissions are lower, according to data from the downtown Beaumont monitoring station, and now meet regulatory standards.

Sulfur dioxide emissions in Beaumont are now down by 76 percent, lowering from 3,454 tons per year in 2005 to 828 tons per year in 2014, according to the report.

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Randall Walker

Monday, Sept. 12, Randall Errol Walker, 42, pleaded guilty in a Jefferson County court on allegations of impersonating a public servant, according to a statement from the district attorney. In exchange for his guilty plea, Walker received 10 years in prison. He had previously been convicted of similar charges in 2007 and 2011.

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On Thursday, Sept. 8, at approximately 11:20 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a reported of a motor vehicle crash on I-10 near Smith Road in Jefferson County.  The crash involved one vehicle which was a truck tractor semi-trailer.

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At approximately 5:20 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety reported a three vehicle crash Thursday, Sept. 8 on Highway 62 near I-10 in Orange County.

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Michael Turner and Shalala Fletcher

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Michael Turner on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for shooting at a vehicle leaving the Express Mart at 2920 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur on July 2 following an alleged theft. Two men entered the store, grabbing several cases of beer and exiting to a parked car. Shalala Fletcher was waiting in the parked vehicle.

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