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Yesenia Espinoza with her two daughters Michelle and Angelina

ExxonMobil confirmed in a statement that an Echo worker has died as a result of an accident at its Beaumont refinery. The accident happened Friday, Dec. 1 at the downtown refinery.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) members in the Beaumont District Office have announced their charitable partnership with Nutrition and Services for Seniors and the Southeast Texas Food Bank during the holidays.

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This device can protect your car from being stolen

Jugging, car hopping and pump surfing are criminal trends currently impacting Beaumont, the surrounding area and, according to Detective Sergeant Ken Karr of the Southeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF), the entire nation. The tricks employed by thieves in these criminal trades are making fast cash for the fleet-footed fugitives, who grab what they can and go – often before their victims even know they were there.

Jugging

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Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville

An Orange County mother is searching for her runaway daughter, 15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). 

According to Criminal Investigator and Public Information Officer Janois Strause Grizzaffi, Tammy Cox called to the sheriff’s office at 3 p.m. on Nov. 26 to report that her daughter had run away, leaving a note telling her mother that the teen was possibly traveling to California. 

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James LeBlanc, Paul Stephenson, and William ‘Ike’ Eichelberger

Veteran Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office employees Deputy James LeBlanc, Sergeant Paul D. Stephenson, and Deputy William B. “Ike” Eichelberger are calling it quits and entering retirement – after almost 100 years of combined service to the county on top of decades of service to the country as well, as all have also served as U.S. Marines.

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TEA to analyze funding

Hurricane Harvey’s destructive flooding on the Texas Coast has left property damage in excess of tens of billions of dollars, and with it, losses to state and local government programs that depend on property values to generate tax income. Among the entities expecting to see a significant decline in collections are the local school districts that traditionally claim a lion’s share of the Texas homeowner property tax payments.

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District Attorney Bob wortham, ADA Tatiana Zelezniak and ADA Kim Pipkin

Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham has a message for unregistered sex offenders looking for a place to hide: Stay away from Southeast Texas.

“I really think sexual predators should find somewhere else to go,” Wortham said, adding that unregistered sex offenders in Jefferson County would be prosecuted for failing to register and for failing to change their address within seven days of moving. They face third-degree felony charges and punishment ranging from two to 10 years behind bars.

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Trooper Damon Allen

Funeral services for the Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who died while on duty Thanksgiving Day will be on Friday, Dec. 1, in Mexia, Texas, DPS said in a statement.

Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot during a traffic stop south of Fairfield in Freestone County at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

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UPDATE, Nov. 30, 8 p.m.: Heaven Cox has been found. The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports she was in Louisiana at the home of a relative of an acquaintance. Detectives are still investigating the incident.

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Original release:

An Orange County mother is searching for her runaway daughter, 15-year-old Heaven Ray Cox of Mauriceville, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO).

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A 69-year-old Liberty, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to a federal tax violation in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Nov. 29.

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