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The Newton Independent School District announced over the weekend that classes will be cancelled Monday, Feb. 11, through Wednesday, Feb. 13, due to an employee being treated for meningitis symptoms. 

Verification of the type of meningitis has not been confirmed, however, following precautions, the district opted to cancel classes through Monday, Feb. 18. Thursday and Friday were previously scheduled school holidays. 

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On Saturday, Feb. 9, Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at Claiborne West Park off Interstate 10 regarding shots fired. 

Deputies learned a custody disagreement between a mother and father resulted in a suspect accompanying the mother firing shots into the ground at the child's birthday party.

OCSO said there was no custodial paperwork showing the father had sole custody of the infant. The mother reportedly left with the child and the pair have been safely located. CPS is looking into the matter.

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A 35-year-old Colombian national has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Friday, Feb. 8. 

Esmir Colorado-Cuero pleaded guilty on Oct. 22, 2018, to conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to money launder, and illegal reentry by a previously removed alien.  Colorado-Cuero was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Amelia Elementary School

“The Beaumont ISD Police Department is investigating allegations surrounding mismanagement of PTA funds at Amelia Elementary School,” Beaumont ISD spokesperson Nakisha Burns said. Little other information is available as the investigation is still in the early stages, Burns said, additionally noting that BISD employees cannot serve in a leadership role in campuses’ PTA.

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Officers with the Jasper Police Department, along with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Kirbyville Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, are investigating an apparently bogus bomb threat called into Parnell Elementary School on Feb. 8 and have identified a juvenile suspect in the threat, reports the department.

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The Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) have a suspect in custody relating to the Dec. 2, 2018 death of Scharonn Laroyce Cole. According to police information, he was found at about 2:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Fort Worth Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds after responding to a call about a shooting in the 400 block of Procter Street. 

Cole died of his injuries at the Southeast Texas Medical Center. 

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Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrested a man in possession of 250 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop Feb. 5, reports Detective Janois Grizzaffi.

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The MdBio Foundation recently brought a hi-tech mobile laboratory to several Southeast Texas schools, teaching hurricane-impacted students about wildlife forensics, virtual reality and other STEM-related subjects by providing them with hands-on experience.

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A Port Arthur couple is seeking a refund for roof repairs from a convicted felon with a history of theft who is currently on probation in Jasper County for a financial crime reportedly related to stealing from former clients of an RV company he managed.

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