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2014 Jefferson County Go Texan committee

The Jefferson County Go Texan committee is heading to the World’s Championship Barbecue cook-off on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

The committee is a group of volunteers that promotes the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the county level and has been involved with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo since 1972 as one of the original counties to participate in the Go Texan program.

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Family members of a Houston-area girl who lost her life to pediatric cancer stopped in Beaumont Tuesday night as they continued their journey to walk from Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to Disney World in Orlando, Florida as part of their effort to raise money for a foundation in her name.

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Stolen utility trailer

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is requesting help from the public in locating the suspect or suspects responsible for the Feb. 18 theft a utility trailer from Turning Point Church at 3600 North Main St. in Vidor, reports OCSO.

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Beaumont police officers responded to a major crash at I 10 over MLK Parkway in the early morning of Feb. 25. According to a press release, upon arrival at 12: 32 a.m. officers observed a silver Honda Accord under the box trailer of an 18 wheeler. The 22-year-old female driver was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be removed with the fire department’s assistance and transported by EMS to the hospital.

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William Ray Rogers

First responders answering a report of a fence fire on Calder Avenue in Beaumont made a grisly discovery Feb. 24, reports the Beaumont Police Department. Firefighters and officers working to douse the blaze found the burned body of a deceased male, who reportedly lived behind some buildings in the 2300 block of Broadway Street.

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A 32-year-old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Feb. 24.

Jason Ryan Bickham pleaded guilty on Sep. 17, 2014 to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison Feb. 24 by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Blaize Lacase (left) and Justin Brown

Two men were arrested in Orange on Feb. 20 after they allegedly tried to sell methamphetamine to an undercover officer, reports the Orange Police Department.

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Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman issued a press release Feb. 20 to warn local residents to be wary of callers impersonating sheriff's deputies who are reportedly telling people they are calling in reference to tax returns.

According to the release, "The Jasper County Sheriff's Office is not a representative of the IRS or any other dept collector."

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UPDATE: Joshua Jackson informed authorities he is fine and living in Vidor. His mother, who reported him missing, has been made aware, and he is no longer considered a missing person.

Initial report:

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in the search of a local teen reported missing since January 16.

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