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One of several Port Arthur Police Department officers placed on administrative leave pending an investigation has been reinstated effective March 20, reports city spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter. 

"Owens has been reassigned as a shift commander within the field operations division," Carpenter stated in an email. 

Prior to being placed on administrative leave, Owens was a major in the criminal investigations division at PAPD. He was demoted to lieutenant in field operations. 

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Spring weather in Texas can be beautiful, with sunny skies and seemingly clear air, but what we don't always see is ozone forming in the atmosphere because of that bright sunshine, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) said in a release March 20. Take Care of Texas has ways you can decrease the amount of ozone that forms in the atmosphere.

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Marcus Johnson and Julianna Poyotte, representatives from Gexa Energy, visited Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School on March 20 to present a $1,000 scholarship to senior, Makayla Dyer, according to a press release from LCM CISD Community Relations Coordinator Sherry Combs.

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Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer is warning residents that scammers are targeting the area with the popular "Publisher's Clearing House" con, which has recently been featured in The Examiner and is still circulating after years. 

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man who died in the book-in area of the office on March 18 as 33-year-old Byron James Sessions of Nederland.

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On March 18 around 5:00 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of a fatal incident on McFaddin Beach in Jefferson County, TxDPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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On March 17 around 2:00 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a two vehicle crash on FM 365 in Jefferson County. The crash occurred just outside of the city limits of Port Arthur.

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On March 18 around 1:45 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a one vehicle rollover crash on Highway 73, near Boondocks Road, in Jefferson County, TxDPS Sgt. Stephanie Davis reported.

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I-10 westbound in Chambers County is closed between FM 563 and Wallisville due to a wreck, TxDOT spokesperson Sarah Dupre reported March 20 at 8:27 a.m.

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On March 18, shortly after 6:30 a.m., a vehicle drove through the front of a business in the 2800 Block of Eastex Freeway Service Road, Beaumont Fire and Rescue Capt. Jimmy Blanchard reported.

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