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A Port Neches woman lost $1,700 to a loan scam a few weeks ago, and it was  $1,700 she couldn’t afford to lose.

She told The Examiner in an interview, though she asked that we not print her name, that her case was one of two cases of identity theft reported to the Port Neches Police Department at the end of December, just two days apart.

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After multiple financial audits that analysts had to qualify with exceptions, the Beaumont Independent School District is being presented the first “unqualified audit” of its finances since Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams ousted the elected Board of Trustees amid allegations of gross mismanagement and installed a Board of Managers to oversee BISD’s affairs in July 2014.

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It’s been a year since Beaumont attorney Dane Dennison was sentenced to serve two years probation in lieu of 180 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,500, and report for seven days in jail after being found guilty of a misdemeanor DWI charge that resulted in a car crash injuring fellow motorists. Although the appeals process has kept the officer of the court from fulfilling the judicial order to date, in an opinion released Jan.

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A Richmond, Texas man wanted on charges of continuous aggravated sexual assault died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being stopped by officers at the Travel Inn at 2690 Interstate 10 East in Beaumont following a vehicular pursuit of the armed suspect, reports Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Sgt. Cody Guedry. 

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Allison Nathan Getz, tax assessor-collector for Jefferson County, announced Jan. 17 that the county telephone systems will be upgraded beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, and continue through Monday, Jan 30. Intermittent phone service outages during business hours may occur but should be kept to a minimum.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, just after 10:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Cartwright Street, Beaumont Fire-Rescue received a call for a house fire, Beaumont Fire Department Captain Jimmy Blanchard reported.

Beaumont Fire-Rescue personnel responded and found a single story home heavily involved with fire. The homeowner was on scene and reported being asleep when he was awakened by the fire. The home sustained heavy fire damage.

After investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental, being caused by a clothes dryer.

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In his latest effort to protect Texans from the scourge of dangerous synthetic drugs, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Jan. 18 against the Dallas convenience store Hi Flamez and its owner, Mohamed Bakr, to stop the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.

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Issac Lynn Williams

On Jan. 18, Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the human trafficking unit of his office for its work to help apprehend a suspect who fled the country after he was charged with using Backpage.com for sex trafficking of a teenage girl in Texas.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 2:45 p.m., Beaumont Police Department Special Assignment Unit officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of 10th Street, BPD PIO Haley Morrow reported.

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Damarcus Deshun McGhee

Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:27 p.m., officers responded to The Anchor Church, at 6655 Highway 105, in reference to a male who stated he’d been shot in the face, Officer Carol Riley reported.

The subject, a 26-year-old Port Arthur man, had what appeared to be a single, small-caliber gunshot wound to his face. He told officers he was at theapartments on Alpine Circle when the incident occurred. He was transported by Beaumont EMS to St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

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