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A deadly crash on the intersection of Franklin and Ave. E took the life of soon-to-be 4-year-old Landon Slaughter Wednesday, July 4.

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Landon James "Lan Lan" Slaughter

Wednesday, July 4, at 9:45 p.m., Beaumont police responded to the intersection of Franklin and Avenue E in reference to a major traffic crash. There were several independent witnesses to the crash and preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a green Buick was southbound on Avenue E and disregarded the stop sign at the intersection with Franklin. A Nissan SUV traveling west on Franklin carrying five occupants was struck by the Buick. As a result of the crash, Landon Slaughter died from his injuries. Landon would have been 4 years old next week.

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A local tree trimmer died from electrocution after he accidentally made contact with a live power line while cutting limbs at an Orange residence, reports Orange Police Department (OPD) Capt. J.P. Burns.

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A local tree trimmer died from electrocution after he accidentally made contact with a live power line while cutting limbs at an Orange residence, reports Orange Police Department (OPD) Capt. J.P. Burns.

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A Brand Scaffolding contractor at the ExxonMobil Beaumont Polyethylene Plant died Monday, July 2. The worker was evaluated by an onsite medical team at the plant for a non-work related illness. According to ExxonMobil spokesperson Kristie Young, the man was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and later passed away.

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Young people and their families are invited to Big Thicket National Preserve every Friday in July from 9 a.m. – noon for Junior Ranger Days. Each week, park rangers will lead fun, hands-on activities focused on a variety of topics, from wildlife to wilderness survival. These program are designed for kids ages 8 to 12.

July 6 – Wilderness Survival for Kids: Could you survive being lost in the outdoors? Learn the basics of wilderness survival.

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Drinking straws

In 2015, the Houston Zoo removed plastic bags in the gift shops to protect animals in the wild. In 2017, the zoo-based conservation organization eliminated single-use plastic water bottles. As of March of 2018, the zoo has taken its third step in plastic reduction, removing single-use plastic straws from all concession stands on zoo grounds.

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Zebra mussels found in Lake Texoma | Photo by Larry D. Hodge

AUSTIN – Invasive zebra mussels have been discovered in Grapevine Lake, a popular outdoor recreation destination located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

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Friday, June 29, at 10:52 p.m. Beaumont police received a call from Baptist hospital on College Street in reference to victim of a shooting who had just been dropped off. The driver of the vehicle that transported the victim was seen hiding items in the hospital parking lot. Officers quickly located the vehicle and detained two occupants.

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James Viltz Thomas

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced that State District Judge Raquel West of the 252ndDistrict Court of Jefferson County accepted a jury verdict and sentenced James Viltz Thomas, 40, to 10 years in prison. 

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