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The ExxonMobil Downtown refinery issued a shelter-in-place Wednesday, June 15,  after the refinery received a bomb threat.

"ExxonMobil received a bomb threat shorty before 11 a.m.," said Patrick Trahan, Manager, Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil. "We contacted the authorities."

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

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At approximately 12:15p.m. Wednesday, June 15, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of an 18-wheeler on fire in the eastbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 in Orange County near mile marker 871. An International truck tractor semi-trailer towing live chickens experienced a tire blowout that sparked a fire.  At the time of the crash, the vehicle was transporting approximately 6,000 chickens.

About 2,000 chickens died in the fire.


Police in Beaumont have identified a suspect in a series of armed robberies of international Lamar University students that occurred between March 12 and April 18, Sgt. Cody Guedry of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) reports.

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This spring, three tiny green bush vipers were born on March 26. Like most pit vipers, the neonates were born live instead of hatched from eggs like many other types of snakes. Originally a part of a group of six, only three have survived and have doubled in weight since their birth. They are expected to grow to be between 18 and 24 inches long. Despite their name, green bush vipers vary in color, mostly shades of green, but can also be bright yellow or grey.


Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Beaumont resident John Henry Whitfield to 15 years in prison after Whitfield pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on June 13, reported the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.