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A fire that originated at 5425 Spencer also damaged 5435 Spencer.

At 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire reported at 5425 Spencer. When firefighters arrived, they found two houses on fire, 5425 and 5435 Spencer. The home at 5425 Spencer was heavily involved by fire and 5435 Spencer was burning on one side. Both families were able to escape without injury before firefighters arrived.

The fire originated at 5425 Spencer and appears to have been caused by an electrical problem. The house at 5425 Spencer was extensively damaged by the fire. Red Cross was called to assist both families.

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BPD, Beaumont Animal Services  and the Jefferson County DA's Office

The litany of animal abuse cases heard in Jefferson County courts in 2015 sparked public outcry, volunteer intervention, and prosecutorial heavy-handedness. But in 2016, animal abuse cases will also require mandatory reporting to the FBI through its National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS.

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In May 2015, law enforcers took aim at crime on 11th Street in Beaumont, a hotbed of criminal activity by prostitutes and drug dealers. Through a joint effort by the Beaumont Police Department and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, police attempted to serve more than 100 warrants and ended up arresting 49 people in a single day.

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The Humanities major FIG tours the KVLU studio.

Lamar University now offers Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs), an opportunity for first-year students to develop a sense of community as they attend classes and participate in various activities with their mentors and fellow classmates.

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Christus invites East Texas women to register early for its third annual Expo, bringing women together with heart, soul and mind.

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Christopher Correa

The former director of Baseball Development for the St. Louis Cardinals made an initial appearance in Houston federal court Friday, Jan. 8,  on charges of accessing the Houston Astros’ computers without authorization, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI. Friday afternoon, the former Cardinals official entered a guilty plea to all counts as charged. 

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Investigators with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office continue to uncover corrupt practices of certain City of Port Arthur employees, starting with city employee Shauwn Williams in December 2014, advancing with the arrest of municipal court clerk Sharon Shelvin for theft earlier this year, and now resulting in arrests of two city department supervisors, the latest on Jan. 5.

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A wreck in Hardin County resulted in two injuries and shut down the northbound lanes of US 96 at Village Creek for a short time on Jan. 8, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reports.

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Ronald Barrett
Christopher Holman
Felicia Brown

The swift action of Beaumont Police officers led to three arrests and the recovery of a stolen vehicle on Jan. 7, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a news release from BPD, shortly after their shift began, officers in Beaumont’s north end were patrolling in the 5000 block of Helbig Road. As they were patrolling, officers identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Patrol officers found the vehicle to be occupied by three individuals, one of whom was a suspect in several violent crimes.

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Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, a Palestinian born in Iraq, has been charged in a three-count indictment alleging that he attempted to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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