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Police in Orange are investigating a case of suspected insurance fraud following a single-car accident that appeared to have resulted in injuries to the parties involved, all of whom were paid by insurance, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Derik Dewayne Claxton (Facebook.com)

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are investigating a one-vehicle crash in Newton County that claimed the life of 31-year-old Kirbyville resident Derik Dewayne Claxton, reports Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

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Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:14 p.m., the Port Arthur police and fire departments received a 911 call reporting a major accident at 39th Street and Memorial Boulevard.

Officers responding to the scene “found one vehicle engulfed in flames,” a PAPD release said. After the fire was extinguished, responders discovered one occupant inside the charred vehicle.

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The family of Orange resident Christie Lynn Combs, 44, is searching for her after not hearing from her several months, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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Ford Pavilion

Roughly two million Jefferson County tax dollars are annually allotted to support the initiatives of the Ford Park Entertainment Complex, but that isn’t the only public funding used to subsidize the privately run county venue. According to information from the county, Ford Park also receives the lion’s share of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds as well.

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Bonnie Marie Cokinos

Bonnie Marie Cokinos, 82, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Beaumont, to Mildred Boden Sohlinger and Barney Richard Sohlinger, and was a lifetime resident of the area.

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Saturday, Oct. 19, Gulf Coast Reads will present a panel of historians at the Mary and John Gray Library on the Lamar University campus. Jan Jarboe Russell, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Train to Crystal City,” is scheduled to speak.

Russell was born in Beaumont and has been a journalist since 1972, including over 20 years of editing for Texas Monthly magazine.

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Drums

The cooler temperatures are right around the corner, and beginning Oct. 5, the Miller Branch Library will present free “Music on the Patio” program for kids from toddlers up to 5-year-olds every Wednesday from 10:30-11:00 a.m. on the Miller Patio.

Enjoy finger plays, sing-a-longs, musical instruments, dance and so much more.

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Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's assistance finding the suspect who robbed Snappy's convenience store at 213 E. Highway 90 in China Sept. 24, Deputy Marcus McLellan stated in a news release.

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Port Arthur Police reported a man’s body was recovered from the waterway near Taylor’s Bayou Bridge the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 24.

The body was discovered after the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office received a call at 2:07 p.m. that “a person had gone underwater at the Taylor’s Bayou Bridge on Highway 73 in Port Arthur,” according to a JCSO release.

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