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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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Luis Fernendo Argueta, a 19-year-old male, died from gunshots fired by a Galveston police officer.

According to a press release by Galveston County Sherriff’s Office, the morning of Monday, June 25, at approximately 3 a.m., the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office received a request from Galveston Police Department to assist in the investigation of an Officer involved shooting at the 5300 block of Ave. L. 

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Beaumont Fire-Rescue photos

Ginger, a 3- to 4-year-old pit bull, is in high spirits after being rescued by Beaumont Fire-Rescue from a house fire and revived.

According to a statement, on Monday, June 26, Beaumont Fire-Rescue responded to multiple calls of a house on fire in the 1300 block of Evalon. Fire department crews arrived within three minutes of the first 911 call.

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A Beaumont man, possibly the victim of a drowning, was pronounced deceased Saturday, June 23.

According to Officer Haley Morrow, Beaumont Police responded to Lancaster Cornwall Apartments at 6650 Prutzman, in reference to assisting Fire and EMS with a possible drowning victim. The victim, identified as Arnold Smith, a 39-year-old Beaumont man, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. 

At this time, it does not appear to be foul play. 

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The Texas Department of Transportation released a statement stating that due to construction to the Brush Island overpass, I-10 eastbound will be detoured to SH124 Tuesday, June 26, 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. I-10 westbound will be detoured to SH124 Wednesday, June 27, 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.

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