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Bridge fire on I-85 visible from nearby apartment complex.

A fire under an I-85 bridge near downtown Atlanta caused it to collapse on Thursday evening, March 30, causing major traffic disruptions.

An eyewitness told The Examiner she could see the smoke from her apartment complex just off Peachtree Road near downtown.

Georgia Department of Insurance deputy commissioner Jay Florence said that the fire was intentionally started, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported April 2. Three suspects are being charged in connection with the fire: Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas.

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A 35-year-old Kirbyville man with a lengthy criminal history has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on March 31.

McGee Lamar Falcon pleaded guilty on Oct. 16, 2016, to conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine and was sentenced Friday to 204 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

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On Saturday, April 1, at 11:55 p.m., a Beaumont patrol officer was in the area of Eastex Freeway and Lucas Drive when he located a stolen Toyota Tacoma, Officer Carol Riley reported.

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In addition to raising test scores, balancing a budget, giving raises, buying new buses and building a fund balance of over $20 million, those managing the Beaumont Independent School District are also anticipating a tax break to community stakeholders, whose property tax payments are largely forwarded to BISD.

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In The Examiner's March 30 – April 5 edition, we re-published a New York Times Crossword Puzzle from two weeks previous rather than the current week's puzzle. We regret the error and any inconvenience it might have caused. The puzzle and its solution are attached here.

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Gayla DuBose, Ronitha Pickens and Denise Clement

Three BISD teachers were recognized with the Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award: Gayla DuBose, Sallie Curtis Elementary School; Ronitha Pickens, Willie Ray Smith Sr. Middle School; and Denise Clement, Beaumont Early College High School.

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Two people from Beaumont and one from Houston pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida in connection with their participation in a $4.4 million dollar federal prison sentencing reduction scheme March 30.

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Brandy Shantha Springer

An engineering firm hired to audit Beaumont’s water department in 2014 is asking the Ninth Court of Appeals to dismiss a defamation case against them as the first named plaintiff in the suit sits behind bars for theft and for staging her granddaughter’s fake kidnapping.

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There’s enough interest in the city of Bevil Oaks to garner the number of required signatures so their students would attend Hardin-Jefferson ISD schools rather than Beaumont ISD schools.

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