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On Friday, March 10, about 8:33 a.m., a motorist passed Sheriff Stephens on the right shoulder of I-10 at a high rate of speed, causing a significant hazard to other motorists, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a statement.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is warning local residents about a phishing scam targeting the area and citing a lawsuit, ironically, involving a fishing and bait company.

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Following major wildfires in the Texas Panhandle, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on March 13 in the following counties: Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler, according to a statement.

In addition to the disaster declaration, the State of Texas has asked the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a Secretarial Disaster Designation to activate the USDA Farm Service Agency's Emergency Loan Program to help eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from losses sustained by the wildfires.

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Beginning Monday, March 13, at 7:00 a.m., Edson Drive from North Circuit Drive to Gladys Avenue will be closed for rehab. The work is expected to last until Friday, March 17 at 5 p.m., City of Beaumont administrative assistant Rosanna Mojica said in a release.

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On Saturday, March 11, at 11:22 p.m. Beaumont Police officers were working an accident in the 7900 block of Walden Road. A marked Beaumont Police patrol unit was parked unoccupied when a white ford F-150 failed to control speed and collided with the unit, Officer Cody Guedry reported March 12.

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