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Judge Raquel West sentenced Kirt Vavasseur, 32, to 15 years in prison for committing second-degree felony online solicitation of a minor. Vavasseur was also sentenced concurrently to 10 years in the Institutional Division in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on three other charges of online solicitation related to the same investigation.

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Police are investigating a major accident in Orange that involved two trucks and a tractor trailer and sent two people to the hospital with injuries. 

Capt. Charlie Stephenson reports that Orange Police Department officers responded to a three-vehicle accident in the 8600 block of North Highway 87 at 11:53 a.m. March 19. The accident is still under investigation and police have not released details of the wreck.

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Beaumont ISD will be accepting requests for student transfers through March 29. Information regarding transfers can be found online at www.bmtisd.com/studentservices

Several campuses in Beaumont ISD are contending with overcrowding due to shifts in housing patterns and changes in school-age populations in certain geographic locations, according to a BISD press release. The district is also experiencing lower enrollments at other campuses. This imbalance has placed a strain on budgets, resources, transportation and staff.

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Police arrested a Port Arthur man for murder following a shooting at Avery Trace Apartments, reports the Port Arthur Police Department.

According to a news release, Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) detectives placed 20-year-old Walter Stevens Jones into custody today for the murder of 25-year-old Joseph Boudreaux, who was shot multiple times at the apartment complex March 16 at about 12:30 p.m. Boudreaux later died from his injuries.

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Police in Beaumont deployed "stop sticks" when a suspect fled from them in his vehicle following a disturbance at a local bar, reports Officer Haley Morrow. 

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Baylor College of Medicine will bring a community conference and resource fair to the Beaumont area Wednesday, March 28, to provide an educational seminar and support materials for children with special needs and their parents.

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The Little Cypress-Mauriceville (LCM) High School campus has been closed to teachers and staff on Monday, March 19, following an electrical fire on the campus, reports the school district. 

According to the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District (LCMCISD), a small fire on the exterior of the school broke out Sunday evening causing the closure. All other campuses in the district remain open, and high school students enrolled at Lamar State College-Orange (LSC-O) will still have class. 

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The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas is a region historically rich in biological diversity. Efforts have been underway since 2006 by the Big Thicket Association’s Thicket of Diversity (ToD) to survey and monitor species through biological inventories, the organization said in a recent statement, adding that 2017 was an active and productive year for the project.

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FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialists will be at the Nederland Heritage Festival on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to meet with those affected by the hurricane. The festival will be held at 1523 Boston Ave., Nederland, TX 77627. Mitigation specialists will answer questions and offer tips and techniques to build hazard resistant homes.

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Rhonda Kay Guidry, 50, of Vidor was arrested, Wednesday, March 14, after being stopped in Vidor. Investigators observed a red Nissan two door traveling south on Main Street.  According to a press release by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, investigators observed the subject vehicle change lanes without signaling and run the stop light at South Main and Old Highway 90. 

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