The News

A Beaumont man is dead following a single-car accident Friday night, Jan. 24, 2014, at approximately 8 p.m. in the 4500 block of U.S 69 South on the Fannett Road overpass. According to traffic investigators, multiple factors contributed to the cause and severity of the crash.

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As of 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 24, Neches River bridge traffic was at a standstill.

UPDATE (7:31 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014): The Beaumont Police Department issued the following update on Beaumont Traffic operations. All highways in Beaumont had reopened, including Interstate 10, the Eastex Freeway, Cardinal Drive, and MLK Parkway. The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River was open, as well. 

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Police in Orange are looking for suspects in the shooting death of 35-year-old Emanuel Thornton of Orange, who was shot multiple times while in the front yard of a residence.

According to a news release from the Orange Police Department, on Thursday, Jan. 23, at about midnight, police dispatch received a call regarding shots fired in the 1500 block of Carter Street. Upon arrival at the scene, officers saw Thornton lying in the yard with multiple gunshot wounds. Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Rodney Price pronounced Thornton dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy.

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 WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

 The City of Beaumont Emergency Management Division would like to share some tips to help prepare for freezing weather.

*   Monitor local weather forecasts and be mindful of rapidly changing weather conditions. Make a family emergency plan and put together emergency kits. Have a battery-powered radio with spare batteries in case your electricity goes off. Car radios and chargers can be a useful way to stay informed and power up electronic devices.

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campfire

UPDATE: After looking at current conditions and polling a majority of the VFD chiefs, on February 3, 2014, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick rescinded the burn ban that had been in place for the county, but he has the ban on the Commission

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