The News

Department of Public Safety troopers were on the scene of a vehicle collision that claimed the lives of three Orange County teens in the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 18.

According to information from the investigating agency, there was a two-vehicle crash on Highway 62 shortly after 3:30 a.m. involving a 2008 Mazda 4-door driven by 17-year-old Grey C. Smith and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 30-year-old Clinton Lloyd. Two passengers were with Smith, and one with Lloyd.

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Five men were arrested over the weekend for engaging in organized criminal activity at a home, after a dispute that started at Central High School. Just after midnight Saturday, Sept. 17, Beaumont police reports say a vehicle pulled up to a residence on Buffalo Avenue and three passengers got out of the vehicle and approached the home, asking two people sitting on the porch where a resident was. When the men didn't get a response, one of the suspects believed to be 37-year-old Gregory Robinson pulled out a pistol and shot once, hitting the house.

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Shortly after midnight Friday, Sept. 16, Beaumont police officers were called out to an address on Forrest Street in Beaumont.

When they arrived, they found a Hispanic man lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He was transported to the hospital where he was reported in critical condition.

Detectives are investigating and The Examiner will report more information as it becomes available.

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The City of Orange Fire Department responded to a report of a bedroom on fire at 604 Morrell in the Navy Park addition Wednesday, Sept. 14, around 10:20 p.m.

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After spending three days in trial, Tanjia Colleen Smith pleaded guilty to charges of intoxication manslaughter stemming from a July 2010 accident that claimed the life of 55-year-old Dudley Butaud.

Butaud was on his way home to celebrate his 30th anniversary with his wife Kathy when the accident occurred on Highway 365.

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