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There’s a lot to look at when entering a new doctor’s office: photos of the family, wall art and perhaps a few old magazines. And then there’s the doctor himself. Wait. Are those sandals?

When Dr. Jack Johnston of the Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute walks into his office at 2501 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur, probably what will surprise first-time patients the most is the footwear selection of the physician. Don’t expect to see traditional, white hospital shoes when Dr. Johnston enters the exam room.

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The Beaumont Police Department reports one person is dead and another injured after a fatal accident at the bridge in the 8200 block of Eastex Freeway in Beaumont. According to BPD Sgt. James Cody Guedry, both victims fell over a guardrail at the top of the overpass while attempting to change a flat tire

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The Beaumont ISD Student Services Department will begin accepting Campus-to-Campus Transfer Applications at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Central Administration Building Boardroom at 3395 Harrison, Beaumont. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

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The City of Beaumont has announced that as of May 14 they have permanently closed Pearl Street at the Kansas City Southern Railroad crossing at Gilbert Street.

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An ATV rollover accident in Jefferson County sent an injured passenger to a local hospital for treatment May 15, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stpehanie Davis reported in a news release.

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One man is dead and another facing charges after an auto-pedestrian accident in Orange County on May 15, Texas Department of Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported in a news release.

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Ernesto Izaguirre, Juan C. Chavira-Guerrero, and Susana Escalante-Visinais

Methamphetamine has been a problem in Southeast Texas for many years, as evidenced by drug seizures across the area. Law enforcers say traffickers and abusers often disguise the illegal drugs in a variety of ways in an attempt to conceal them from officers, but Agent Tim Duriso from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) warns criminals there is nowhere safe. Officers are onto them.

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A 22-year-old Newton man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales May 12.  

Michael Dwayne Byerly pleaded guilty to bank robbery on May 11 before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced May 12 that Melvin Spikes III, 42, of Beaumont, was found guilty of capital murder in the June 2012 strangulation death of Emerson Franklin.

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Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Peabody is no longer heading the department according to information from Orange County Judge Brint Carlton's office effective Thursday, May 12.

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