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Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector, reminds citizens of Jefferson County that 2017 property tax payments must be paid by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 to avoid penalty and interest charges.

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Robert Sanders and Haven Iglesias

Saturday, Jan. 20, at approximately 12:02 a.m., Beaumont PD officers were patrolling the area of 1055 I-10 S. Officers attempted to stop  a silver Toyota Prius with two passengers. The driver fled and led officers on a lengthy pursuit. The pursuit ended near Laurel and First streets. The driver was identified as Robert Sanders, 25-year-old man from Santa Fe, Texas. He was arrested for evading in a motor vehicle and an outstanding parole warrant for a previous charge of felon in possession of a firearm.  He was then taken into custody without further incident.

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It’s Trash-Off time once again! The 23rd annual Community Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive in Orange. This year’s Community Trash-Off is again presented by Invista and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in collaboration with the city of Orange.

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Tyllher Moore and Terry Warren

Sunday, Jan. 21, at 8:26 am, Beaumont police officers observed a 2004 Cadillac Escalade make traffic violations in the 3200 block of Laurel Street. Officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Calder and IH-10. The driver, Tyllher Moore, a 31-year-old Beaumont man, and the passenger, Terry Warren, a 33-year-old Port Arthur man, were in the vehicle and in possession of over 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.

Both males were transported to Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

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Earth’s average global temperature from 2013 to 2017

Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. That is second only to global temperatures in 2016.

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Quang Van Mai

At about 5:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, deputies from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office were notified of an aggravated robbery and car jacking in Texas City. A white Kia Soul was taken during the commission of this offense, and deputies immediately set up to watch for the vehicle. Soon thereafter, a sheriff’s office sergeant observed a vehicle matching the description traveling north on State Highway 3 in Dickinson. He pulled in behind the vehicle and verified the license plate as the stolen vehicle.

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Ashley Loftin, Wesley Martinez and Yance Young

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputies investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle arrested three suspects on fraud/identity theft charges after discovering what appeared to be mail stolen from Beaumont, Lumberton and Silsbee, along with a gun and other apparently stolen items from area burglaries, reports Capt. Crystal Holmes. 

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

This morning, the Houston Zoo humanely euthanized its male, 20-year-old jaguar, Kan Balam.  Due to the tremendous care provided to him by his keepers and the Houston Zoo veterinary team, Kan Balam lived well beyond his expected lifespan. Jaguars expected lifespan in the wild is between 12-15 years.

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Alex Espinoza

Jan. 18 around 12:37 p.m., a man called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to report that he was behind his brother’s stolen maroon F350 truck with the rear window smashed out.  They were eastbound on Highway 90.  Deputies spotted the stolen truck and attempted to stop it. 

The driver veered the truck into a field in the 2100 block of North Broadway in China.  The truck became stuck in the field.  The male suspect then fled on foot.  A search of the area ensued.  The suspect was taken into custody nearby. 

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Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush speaks to the Texas House.

The possibility of a federal government shutdown is threatening to delay a long-awaited Hurricane Harvey disaster relief package, state and local leaders told a legislative committee Thursday.

During a Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs hearing in Houston, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the much-needed federal aid shouldn’t be bogged down by partisan issues.

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