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2015 Family Portrait Luncheon

It starts off slowly at first … your mind just doesn’t quite work like it used to. Misplaced keys, forgotten names, memories that defy recollection, all hiccups in the brain we rely upon to make us who we are.

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Jeremy Jones

After weeks of fruitless plea bargaining, a trial has been ordered for a man accused of willful conduct that resulted in the deaths of several animals in his care, as well as the severe malnourishment and neglect of others that were rescued when a tip led officials to the man’s doorstep Sept.

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Dr. Eric Bronson, Karen Roebuck and Dr. James Marquart

The Lamar University Criminal Justice Department is bringing real world experience into the classroom, partnering with crime fighters in law enforcement, corrections and the judicial system to educate students on crime trends and to give them examples of what they can expect in their future careers.

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Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla

Blue Bell Ice Cream will begin phase three of its five-phase market re-entry plan on Dec. 14, the company announced on its website. Phase three includes the remaining majority of Texas (including Jefferson, Orange, Hardin and Jasper counties) and central and southern Alabama.

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storm drain

City of Beaumont Streets and Drainage crews work hard to ensure water flows freely through storm drains and ditches in local neighborhoods, but some residents have been utilizing those drains and ditches as garbage cans, tossing in trash like beer bottles, plastic containers and even lawn clippings and tree limbs, making city staff work harder and polluting the river and bayou, says Public Works Director Dr.

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Police in Orange discovered a large amount of methamphetamine, five firearms, including a stolen shotgun, and almost $2,000 in cash during a warrant search at a residence in the 3500 block of Pheasant Street in Pinehurst Nov. 17. After the resident of the home was arrested on multiple charges and bonded out, he was re-arrested along with two other men at the same location later that day.

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Orange County Sheriff's Narcotics Deputies arrested a Vidor High School teacher who was discovered with more than 9 ounces of what they believe to be methamphetamine, in spite of her effort to hide the drugs, reports OCSO Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson.

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Sheriff Keith Merritt

Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is seeking a third term as sheriff in the upcoming elections and kicked off his campaign for re-election on Nov. 17, 2015.

Merritt took office as sheriff on Jan. 1, 2009, but his career in law enforcement that began in 1979 when he started as a Reserve Deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Merritt also served as Constable for Pct. 1 in Orange County for fourteen years. He is certified as a Master Peace Officer with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

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A guest interacts with Smaug at the Houston Zoo.

Smaug, the Houston Zoo’s 17-year-old Komodo dragon, was humanely euthanized on Nov. 17, 2015 after significant lumbar spinal cord compression was found. The zoo’s herpetology and veterinary team made the decision after an MRI and CT scan showed that his condition was severe and his quality of life was beginning to suffer as he was unable to walk.

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The sheriff's office found 81-year-old Ruben “Dan” Clubb from the air.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was called out Monday to help find 81-year-old Ruben “Dan” Clubb.  Clubb walked away from his home on Highway 365 into the woods by his residence on Nov. 16, 2015.

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