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The 2016-2017 school year is around the corner, and Southeast Texas residents will be out getting students prepared. The upcoming Texas tax-free weekend from August 5-7 is popular for shopping and profitable for local businesses, but, it is also a lucrative time for criminals as shoppers are often preoccupied with children, shopping lists, foot and vehicle traffic, warns Officer Carol Riley of the Beaumont Police Department.

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Several people were injured, including a teenager and three other minor children, when a truck towing cattle in a trailer collided with an SUV in Jefferson County Aug. 1, reports Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Stephanie Davis. 

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Nederland police car

Police in Nederland report a 2-year-old child died from drowning after he apparently snuck outside his home and entered the family pool on Aug. 1.

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Two men in a stolen U-Haul knocked over an ATM at DuGood Credit Union in Beaumont Aug. 1, but couldn’t cash in because they couldn’t get the cash out of the machine, reports the Beaumont Police Department. One of the men is in custody, and police are searching for his accomplice.

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The 21-year-old passenger of a truck traveling down Major Drive in Beaumont late Saturday morning shot himself accidentally while handling a revolver and died as a result, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

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