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UPDATE: The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge over the Neches River in Beaumont was open as of 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, according to a Beaumont Emergency Management Department press release. The city hopes the bridge will stay passable; however, highways in Beaumont are becoming heavily iced.

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UPDATE: Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology will reopen at 1 p.m.

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In a short ceremony in the presence of family and friends, Cory Crenshaw was sworn in as Jefferson County's newest district attorney after the office was vacated late last year. 

The news came Monday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2014, and soon thereafter, Crenshaw was sworn in, with the oath of office administered by Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens. 

Crenshaw was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas under John M. Bales before being appointed as Jefferson County's interim district attorney. 


A 50-year-old Cameron, Louisiana man has been sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Jan. 27.

Allen Keith Miller pleaded guilty on August 28, 2013, to bank robbery and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on January 24, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.


Investigators with the Beaumont Fire Department suspect arson as the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to the garage of a home in the 2300 block of Gladys Street in Beaumont during the evening of Saturday, Jan. 25.