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Bridge fire on I-85 visible from nearby apartment complex.

A fire under an I-85 bridge near downtown Atlanta caused it to collapse on Thursday evening, March 30, causing major traffic disruptions.

An eyewitness told The Examiner she could see the smoke from her apartment complex just off Peachtree Road near downtown.

Georgia Department of Insurance deputy commissioner Jay Florence said that the fire was intentionally started, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported April 2. Three suspects are being charged in connection with the fire: Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas.

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A 35-year-old Kirbyville man with a lengthy criminal history has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on March 31.

McGee Lamar Falcon pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine and was sentenced Friday to 204 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

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On Saturday, April 1, at 11:55 p.m., a Beaumont patrol officer was in the area of Eastex Freeway and Lucas Drive when he located a stolen Toyota Tacoma, Officer Carol Riley reported.

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In addition to raising test scores, balancing a budget, giving raises, buying new buses and building a fund balance of over $20 million, those managing the Beaumont Independent School District are also anticipating a tax break to community stakeholders, whose property tax payments are largely forwarded to BISD.

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