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Firefighters with Beaumont Fire and Rescue battled a total of seven structure fires over the last week between Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, at least two of which appeared to be the result of arson while the others could have been associated with severe winter weather.

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Law Enforcement Explorer Scouts

Police Chief James Singletary recognized several officers, citizens, organizat

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Lindsey Scott

After Jefferson County’s 252nd Criminal District Court was vacated by Judge Layne Walker, who announced his departure late in 2013, Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 34-year-old Lindsey Scott,  one of many criminal prosecutors currently working at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, to the position.

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Cory Crenshaw (left) with Judge John Stevens

With one of the most important seats in the Jefferson County criminal justice system vacated, Gov.

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Southeast Texas’ coldest weather of 2014 might be tapering off as the weekend progresses, but the havoc brought about by temperatures that dipped below 25 degrees in some areas is still being felt by law enforcement agencies tasked with keeping the area’s icy roads and bridges safe from speeding motorists.

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Derek Lee Williams

The Jefferson County Sheriff is asking the public's help in locating a probationer with a warrant out for his arrest. 

In a press release, the Sheriff's office said Derek Lee Wiliams, 27, is wanted on a motion to revoke his probation for felony burglary and theft of a firearm. 

"Mr. Williams is also wanted for questioning in several recent crimes," Deputy Rod Carroll said in the press release. 

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An auto-pedestrian accident claimed the life of an elderly woman in Orange over the weekend. According to a police report, 86-year-old Faye Williams Bounds of Orange was struck and killed Jan. 26 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of F.M. 3247 while crossing the road after retrieving her mail.

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A second suspected case of arson over the last week has left a Beaumont family without a home and has fire investigators looking for suspects.

Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a structure fire at 3755 Treadway. When firefighters arrived, they found the home heavily involved with fire. The family was not at home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The fire caused extensive damage to the home.

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Firefighters responded to yet another structure fire in Beaumont on Monday.

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Jefferson County seal

After the 2:30 p.m. National Weather Service call Tuesday, Jan. 28, Jefferson County made the decision to reopen all its offices at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. If conditions do not improve enough Wednesday morning for roads to properly clear, then that 1 p.m. opening could change, the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security said in a press release.

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