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Since Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows announced his retirement earlier this year, the search has been ongoing for a new chief, and Vidor City Manager Mike Kunst says the city has narrowed it down to four candidates from 20 applicants.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collected almost 366 tons of prescription medication during its most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 22. Local DEA Agent Tim Duriso said in Southeast Texas, a whopping 600 pounds of prescription meds were collected.

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“I truly believe we are fighting for the heart and soul of our country,” Jefferson County Democratic Chairman Cade Bernsen said of the passion he has for getting out the vote in the Nov. 8 General Election. “This is a defining moment for the future of America.”

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Chad “Pimp C” Butler’s lyrical prowess and musical genius may have landed him awards, accolades, the respect of fellow artists and chart-topping hits alongside the likes of Jay-Z and longtime partner Bun B, but according to courtroom testimony from the late rapper’s widow, what it didn’t land him was any money.

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This week, Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating five fugitives wanted for drug charges.

Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in getting potentially dangerous dope dealers and drug users, along with the poisonous products they carry, off the streets. To that end, The Examiner will feature a list of five persons accused of drug-related crimes each week in High Five.

“Crime Stoppers and The Examiner are teaming up to fight the drug problem in Southeast Texas,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley of Crime Stoppers said.

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A horse died of gunshot wounds that became infected, Beaumont Animal Services reports, and police are searching for the shooter.

A Beaumont Animal Control officer was called to the 1000 block of Pollard Street just off Pine Street on Beaumont north side to check on an injured horse Monday, Oct. 24. The officer found a one-year-old buckskin filly with what appeared to be .22 caliber bullet holes in two places on the right rear buttocks. The complainant told officers that the injury possibly occurred Sunday, Oct. 23.

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A motorist died after a one-car accident on US 69 near Woodville, the Texas Department of Public Safety reports.

The accident occurred in Tyler County on Wednesday, Nov. 2, about 2 p.m., approximately five miles south of Woodville.

A 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound on US 69. For an unknown reason, the driver crossed the center dividing line, overcorrected and drove off the roadway. After traveling off the roadway, the vehicle struck a tree.

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The Beaumont Police Department Special Crimes Unit has filed two robbery cases with juvenile probation in reference to a robbery that occurred Sept. 30, 2016. The victim of the robbery was a 13-year-old.

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The Salvation Army is calling for volunteer bell ringers in the Southeast Texas area.

Their announcement reads, "Ring a bell, help change a life."

The 2016 Red Kettle Campaign will be Nov. 18 to Dec. 24. Any companies or social, civic or church groups interested in volunteering should call 512-971-3901 or email sborne705 [at] outlook [dot] com.

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The Coalition for Victims of Violent Crime will honor crime victims Dec. 6 by sponsoring the sixteenth annual Tree of Angels at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont.

The Tree of Angels is a loving way the public gathers to trim a tree at the courthouse for those who have felt the impact of crime. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the courthouse, 1149 Pearl St., in Beaumont. Crime victims will trim the tree and a guest will light the tree.

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