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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was notified at approximately 4 p.m. of a train derailment in the area of Highway 124 and the Goodyear plant. Responding units verified that the substance in the derailed tank car was Isoprene Stabilized. This substance is highly flammable with a flash point of -65 degrees.

Hwy 124 between Smith Road and Gaulding Road was shut down to all traffic and is expected to reopen around 2 a.m.

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For those procrastinators out there who wait until the very last day - April 15 - to file their taxes, they have a few extra days to play with this year because the tax deadline day is April 18 this year.

Why the extra three days?

The folks in Washington D.C. are celebrating the immensely popular, Emancipation Day today. The holiday typically falls on April 16, but when the 16th falls on a Saturday, the holiday celebration gets pushed back to the preceding Friday.

Why does Emancipation Day push back Tax Day?

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Lamar Institute of Technology will host three financial aid workshops designed to help students and their parents find out about available aid and also how to apply for it.

 

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The Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau is thrilled to announce the first annual WWIII.5 Mud Run taking place Saturday, April 30.

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A Groves family received a rude wake-up call Friday morning when a truck barreled into their house.

Groves Police Sgt. Tim McCurley said police responded to a call around 7:45 this morning to a pickup truck hitting a house in the 3500 block of Charles. Fortunately, the famliy escaped injury and the 32-year-old driver of the truck was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Port Arthur Police are investigating the city's second homicide of the year after responding to an assault call Thursday night.

According to a Major Raymond Clark, police responded to a home at 1025 Dunbar around 6:45 p.m. where they found 44-year-old Robert Prevost had been shot and killed. Prevost was discovered by his brother, and apparently had been dead for "several hours" according to Clark.

There was no forced entry into the home and Clark said no suspects have been identified. The Port Arthur Homicide Unit is investigating.

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The Beaumont Police Department is searching for a man wanted for several cocaine-related warrants.

Paul Finnell Jr., 28, of Beaumont, has a number of felony warrants in Jefferson County with bonds totally $785,000. His last known vehicle was a silver 1998 Buick Lesabre with Texas license plate BN1 F702 and he is known to frequent the Lucas/Concord area in North Beaumont.

His Jefferson County warrants are as follows:

1. Contempt of Court $10,000 bond

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Editor's Note: Jesse Doiron, an award- winning advocate for victims of crime, teetered on death’s door after a North Texas assault. He has recounted his story on national television, in victim's meetings, and even at prison rehabilitation classes with violent offenders. It is his belief that sharing his story has not only helped others, but helped a part of him heal from the violent attack he suffered, as well.

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According to reports from the Orange Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 4400 block of Bancroft in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle and a bicycle shortly before 5:30 p.m. April 13.

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Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Courtney Burch-Arkeen of Orange as judge of the 128th District Court in Orange County for a term to expire at the next general election.

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