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A Jasper resident is behind bars on drug and weapons charges after detectives investigating reports of narcotics distribution searched his house and discovered several illegal drugs, money and at least one firearm in the convicted felon’s possession, reports Lt. G.W. Foster of the Jasper Police Department.

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Vidor City Councilman for Ward VI David Slaughter is stepping down from the council in preparation of a move to Beaumont, the longtime councilman said in a letter to the city Dec. 15. Slaughter's last day will be Dec. 22.

On a Facebook post, Slaughter said he was selling his "little farm...in Vidor" and would miss the citizens he served for approximately 14 years as councilman of both Wards 3 and 6 at different times.

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Jefferson County was awarded a donated Kubota SSV75 Skid Steer in a special ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 13. County Commissioner Eddie Arnold receiving the donation on the county’s behalf, was joined by Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 staff members and a representative from local Kubota dealer, Beaumont Tractor, at Jefferson County Precinct No. 1 Road and Bridge Service Center at 20205 West Highway 90 in China.

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M&M Express on Washington | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Beaumont police are investigating a shooting that took place outside the M&M Express on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Officers responded to the store, located at 1397 Washington Boulevard, at 5:42 p.m.

A 57-year-old Beaumont man told police that he was standing outside the store and speaking with an employee when they heard several gunshots and looked to see where they were coming from. The victim realized that he was struck in the abdomen area. The victim and witnesses did not know where the shots came from. Detectives are interviewing any witnesses that were in the area.

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Christopher Wade Ferrell | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston announced Dec. 18.

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Expedition 54 crew members launch to the ISS on Dec. 17, 2017.

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:21 a.m. Sunday (1:21 p.m. Baikonur time).

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UPDATE: The Orange Police Department announced that a 13 year old runaway has been located and is safe. 

Akiyah Heaven Ward is now in the care of her family, Capt. W. K. Longlios said in a statement Dec. 15 at 11:19 p.m.

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John Randall and Lance Billeaud

Sabine-Neches chiefs pick LIT adjunct as ‘Person of the Year’

Much to the surprise of a humble Lance Billeaud, the Lamar Institute of Technology Fire Academy’s Adjunct Instructor recently was awarded “Person of the Year” by the Sabine-Neches Chiefs’ Association (SNCA).

He was invited to the Bosses’ Night awards ceremony under the guise that the SNCA would instead be honoring his co-worker, Regional Fire Academy Coordinator John Randall.

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The "Christmas Wave" of the Port Arthur Police Department/TxDOT S.T.E.P Program will commence on Friday, Dec.

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Cars stretch for blocks around the Southeast Texas Food Bank

Lines of cars blocked both directions of MLK Parkway for about a mile around the Southeast Texas Food Bank right after Hurricane Harvey hit, executive director Dan Maher said.

While Beaumont was like an island surrounded by floodwaters, those in need were able to come directly to the food bank for food and water instead of going to one of the many churches and community centers on the Jefferson County food pantry distribution list.

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