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A Rhode Island man was found dead by DPS Troopers Monday, May 5, following an auto-pedestrian accident occurring on Highway 87 in Port Arthur.

According to a Department of Public Safety press release, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday morning, 26-year-old Lyndi Morris of Groves struck the pedestrian, 35-year-old Brian Chase, who was lying in the outside lane of the highway. Morris struck Chase once with her with her 1994 GMC truck, the press release stated.

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The victim of a shooting arrived at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont Sunday morning prompting an investigation by the Beaumont Police Department.

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Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to an altercation between two men involving a machete on May 1 at about 4 p.m., OCSO reports.

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A scammer identifying himself as a sheriff's deputy is targeting the elderly in Jefferson County, the sheriff's office reports.

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Housing market graphic

2014-Q1 results for Beaumont

• Home sales volume was up 10.02 percent, which is significantly higher than the statewide trend.

• Home prices both increased and decreased. The median price rose to $125,800, up 0.39 percent from the prior year, and the average price was $138,730, down 5.59 percent. Those trends are lower than what was seen throughout the state.

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From Businesswire.com:

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings downgrades Beaumont Independent School District, Texas' (the district) outstanding unlimited tax (ULT) bonds as follows:

--$398 million outstanding ULT bonds to 'BBB+' from 'A'.

The Rating Outlook is Negative.

SECURITY

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Timothy Smith Jr. and Derek Gray

Press release from Orange County Sheriff's Office:

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Authorities are searching for a 37-year-old Tyler, Texas, man related to a drug conspiracy case in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced recently.

April 9, 2014, the Tyler Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Rangers executed a search warrant for narcotics at a residence in Tyler. This followed a one-year undercover narcotics investigation led by the Tyler Police Department in conjunction with the F.B.I.

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Two Southeast Texas students captured the hearts of their readers and a trip to Washington, D.C. after submitting essays detailing how violence has affected their lives and what they would do to exact change through the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge, part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

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Mark Hammer

The Orange County Commissioners Court appointed Mark Hammer as the new veterans service officer during a Monday, April 28, meeting.

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