The News

Allison Nathan Getz, tax assessor-collector for Jefferson County, announced Jan. 17 that the county telephone systems will be upgraded beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, and continue through Monday, Jan 30. Intermittent phone service outages during business hours may occur but should be kept to a minimum.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, just after 10:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Cartwright Street, Beaumont Fire-Rescue received a call for a house fire, Beaumont Fire Department Captain Jimmy Blanchard reported.

Beaumont Fire-Rescue personnel responded and found a single story home heavily involved with fire. The homeowner was on scene and reported being asleep when he was awakened by the fire. The home sustained heavy fire damage.

After investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental, being caused by a clothes dryer.

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In his latest effort to protect Texans from the scourge of dangerous synthetic drugs, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Jan. 18 against the Dallas convenience store Hi Flamez and its owner, Mohamed Bakr, to stop the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.

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Issac Lynn Williams

On Jan. 18, Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the human trafficking unit of his office for its work to help apprehend a suspect who fled the country after he was charged with using Backpage.com for sex trafficking of a teenage girl in Texas.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 2:45 p.m., Beaumont Police Department Special Assignment Unit officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of 10th Street, BPD PIO Haley Morrow reported.

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