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A guard dog who bit a man who was subsequently arrested for public intoxication is under observation at Vidor Animal Control and will soon be reunited with his family, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD).

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Bobbie Morgan

Judge Raquel West sentenced Bobbie Morgan, 30, to 15 years in prison for two felony offenses of second-degree indecency with a child in accordance with a plea bargain agreement. The two cases will run consecutively for a maximum of 30 years.

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The Board of Directors and administrative staff of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation congratulate the winners of the 2018 County Finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. Sunday, April 29, 2018, students who had previously won first place at the various local level competitions held at each of the five Orange County public high schools competed in the categories of Declamation and Interpretive Reading at the County Finals held at the Lutcher Theater.

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Jesse James Doucette Jr. | Facebook.com

A motorcyclist died Friday, April 27, when he rear-ended a truck that was slowing to turn on Highway 105 in Hardin County.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to the multiple vehicle crash on SH 105 in Hardin County at approximately 4:15p.m.  The crash occurred about two miles east of Sour Lake.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Friday, April 27, 2018, that a grand jury issued indictments against three candidates from the 2016 Jefferson County sheriff’s race for criminal violations for fraud related to campaign contributions in the primary or general election.

A grand jury in Chambers County indicted 52-year-old Zena Collins Stephens on one count of tampering with a government record, a state jail felony, and two counts of accepting cash contributions exceeding $100, class A misdemeanors. Stephens was elected sheriff of Jefferson County in November 2016.

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Michael Fuljenz, president of Univeral Coin & Bullion, poses with historical gol

All that glitters may be gold — if you’re at the Dallas National Rifle Association convention. Michael Fuljenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, is bringing more than $5 million of sunken treasure as an exhibit to the Dallas NRA convention from May 4-6.

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Orangefield ISD Board of Trustees

Elected officials of the Orangefield Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a measure this week that would allow for employees to be armed on its campuses for “safety and security.”

At the regular meeting of the board scheduled for Monday night, April 23, the group agreed to approve a resolution that would begin the process of stationing armed personnel at its campuses through the district’s School Marshal Program.

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New Beaumont fire chief Earl White addressed City Council.

The city of Beaumont selected retired firefighter and Pct. 1 Constable Earl White as its new fire chief during a City Council meeting April 24. White was selected as the top choice out of more than 80 applicants.

White retired from Beaumont Fire-Rescue after 35 years of service to the community as a firefighter and arson investigator, and he then continued to serve Southeast Texas in another capacity. White took the oath of office as the Pct. 1 constable in March 2016 shortly after his win in the Democratic primary.

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Citizens took a stand, and city and county officials took heed of constituents’ opposition when the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced plans to eliminate the Brooks Road overpass as part of ongoing widening projects on Interstate 10.

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Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham

Fines, forfeitures, pesky court dates for misdemeanor crimes and municipal tickets, permitting processes and police raids … all have failed to deter casino-style game room gambling sites from popping up all over Beaumont. But the fight is far from over, according to those tasked with upholding law and order, evidenced by a recent felony indictment for what typically carries misdemeanor charges.

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